On opening day of conference play, the Forester softball
team (7-9, 1-1) split with Indiana Wesleyan, earning the convincing 5-0 win in game one while dropping the second 4-1.
Kate Dwyer got things rolling for the Foresters when she tripled to deep right to start the second inning. Brita Kuiper followed up with an RBI-single to give HU the 1-0 lead. Following a sacrifice bunt by Jeanine Vaszari and a single by Megan Smith, Kuiper scored on a wild pitch to record the Foresters' second run of the day.
With two outs in the third, Katie Bowers doubled to deep left and Dwyer followed suit with a double of her own to drive in Bowers. Kuiper then delivered the knock out punch with a two-run homer over the leftfield fence to give HU the 5-0 lead. HU's defense maintained the margin down the stretch to secure the convincing win.
Molly Long threw a four-hit gem with one walk and eight strikeouts to record the complete game victory. Kuiper finished with two hits and three RBI to lead HU at the plate.
In the night cap, the Foresters' bats went cold as they only managed three hits compared to the Wildcats' seven. Indiana Wesleyan scored two runs in the first inning and added one in the third and sixth to take a 4-0 lead. The Foresters got one back in the bottom of the sixth but it wouldn't be enough as the Wildcats held HU in check to close out the win.
Molly Long took the loss for HU giving up four runs on seven hits.
The Foresters return to action on Thursday when they host Madonna University at 4:00 p.m.