MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Less than 24 hours after sweeping IWU, the Forester softball team (19-12) traveled to Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday where they went 1-1 against the Cougars to move to 12-6 in league play for a share of the No. 2 spot in the standings.
Trailing 2-0 through the first three innings, Lindsay Shellabarger changed all that with one swing when she smoked a two-run shot out of the park in the top of the fourth to pull her team even with their hosts 2-2.
HU carried that momentum into the fifth where Natalie McGuire registered what proved to be the game-winner, a line drive that knocked in Kaitlyn Troyer who had singled earlier in the inning.
Emily Puterbaugh had a masterful performance on the mound in game one, giving up six hits, two runs and two walks while striking out seven for the complete-game victory.
HU tallied nine hits in the contest with O’Leary and McGuire picking up two apiece.
Things didn’t go as well for the Foresters in the nightcap as MVNU collected 11 hits to HU’s seven to record a 5-2 win over their visitors.
Marcie McDougle took the loss for HU by giving up eight hits and five runs through the first 3.1 innings before being relieved by Lea Buckenmyer who provided 2.2 inning of scoreless relief.
Coach Gower and crew enjoyed a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI-single by O’Leary but not much went right for HU after that as the Cougars outscored Huntington 5-1 over the next two innings to cruise to the win.
Annie Weaver picked up HU’s final RBI in the top of the fourth with a run-scoring single as Courtney Rengert held the Foresters hitless the rest of the way to will her team to the win.
Seven different Foresters posted hits in the losing effort.
The Foresters are back in action on Tuesday when they host Taylor University at 3:00 p.m.