In their final two days at Pensacola, the Forester softball
team (3-5) split on Wednesday, losing to Black Hawk College 7-0 and then topping St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley 12-4. HU then dropped two to Central Methodist University, 2-1 and 11-3, on Thursday.
In game one on Wednesday, HU managed just two hits against the Braves and committed four errors that led to three unearned Black Hawk runs. Black Hawk scored once in the first and twice in the third before completely taking control of the game with four runs in the fifth to close out the 7-0 win. Abby Dilling took the loss for HU. In four and two-thirds innings she gave up seven runs, four earned, on nine hits and one walk.
In the nightcap, Katie Bowers' two-out triple in the top of the first resulted in HU's first run as she scored off a Brita Kuiper single. Both teams scored in the third to make it a 2-1 ball game but HU broke it open in the fourth when they scored three runs on one hit and two Fury errors to pull away 5-1. Florissant Valley closed to within three with another run in the bottom of the inning and then both teams went on to score two runs in the fifth before the Foresters added five insurance runs on five hits and one Fury error in the sixth to earn the convincing 12-4 win.
Molly Long secured the win for HU. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out ten. Kuiper went 3-for-4 from the plate to lead HU while Aubrey Garner added four RBI.
Game one on Thursday was a pitchers' dual as the Foresters finally got on the board first in the bottom of the sixth when Katie Bowers doubled to score Aubrey Garner. HU was one strike away from squelching an Eagle rally in the seventh but a Forester throwing error allowed two runners to cross the plate and give Central Methodist the come-from-behind victory. Molly Long took the loss for HU, allowing two runs, both unearned, on three hits and no walks while striking out two. Bowers finished with an RBI double to lead HU.
The Eagles would get all they needed in the first inning of the second game, scoring six runs on five hits and two Forester errors. They added two more in the second before HU got three back in the third. The Eagles added three more insurance runs in the final three innings to cruise to the 11-3 win.
Abby Dilling recorded the loss for HU, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits. Bowers paced the Foresters at the plate by collecting three hits and two RBI.
The Foresters will host the Warriors of Indiana Institute of Technology on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.