HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Huntington softball team’s seven game win streak came to an end Monday afternoon. After posting a convincing 8-1 win over Spring Arbor University, the Foresters dropped a 3-1 decision to the Cougars to split the season series and move to 14-12 overall, 8-6 in conference play.
HU took care of business in the opener, outhitting their visitors 15-3 to leave little doubt as to the outcome.
Katie Bowers made the opening statement by logging her 32nd career homerun in the bottom of the first to give her team an advantage that would not be challenged. She played a hand in the game’s next run when she tripled in Annie Weaver who had singled to right to start things off for HU in the third. Bowers then cruised home on a SAU bobble to push the lead to 3-0.
The Cougars got one back in the top of the fourth but the Foresters made sure the Cougars would get no closer as they added two more runs in their half of the frame compliments of RBI-singles by Weaver and Cristin Carter. HU went on to pile on three more in the fifth to extend the lead to seven and close out the game’s scoring.
Weaver finished 4-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and two runs scored to pace her team offensively while Bowers added two hits to go along with two RBI. Pazia Speed touched home twice and also hammered out two base pokes which included a double.
Marcie McDougle notched her sixth win of the season. In six innings on the mound, the Paulding, Ohio native gave up three hits and one run while striking out four. She currently ranks No. 1 in NAIA Division I in walks allowed per 9 (.36).
After dominating game one, the Foresters never got into any sort of offensive rhythm in the nightcap. They finished with seven hits but struggled to piece together many scoring opportunities.
The Cougars, on the other hand, tallied all seven of their hits in the first four innings to score a run in the first, third and fourth frames to take a 3-0 lead.
While the Foresters’ defense got the job done after that, holding their visitors hitless and scoreless through the final three innings, their offense continued to sputter as their lone run came by way of Katie Knous’ RBI-single in the seventh.
Emily Puterbaugh took the loss for HU, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk while striking out three in four inning of work. Kaylin Yon provided three innings of scoreless relief.
Bowers finished with a pair of hits to lead the Foresters at the plate.