HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Less than 24 hours after their first conference doubleheader at IWU, the Foresters took to their own field to host the Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where they swept the series, 7-6, 9-5, to improve to 10-7 overall, 3-1 in league play.
HU is beginning to earn a reputation as the comeback kids and they backed that sentiment in the opener by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to steal a 7-6 win from MVNU.
Katie Knous picked up where she left off Friday by driving in her team’s first two runs in the opening frame and then added another run-scoring single in the third, as did Bess Fiechter, to keep the Foresters within striking distance, 5-4, after three innings of play.
The next three innings were rather uneventful except for a Mount Vernon run in the fifth but HU lit it up in the seventh to make for an exciting finish. After Emily O’Leary smacked in a run and Knous got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to even things up at 6-6, Caylan DeLucia delivered a walk-off single for the win.
Kaylin Yon pitched the first two innings and scattered six hits and five runs before Lea Buckenmyer came in on relief for the last five innings to pick up the win where she gave up just four hits and one run.
O’Leary finished 3-for-4 with an RBI while Knous and Fiechter each collected a pair of hits and drove in three and two RBI respectively. DePew and DeLucia also added two hits apiece.
The Foresters played catch up again in the nightcap but this time around it was much less dramatic. Mount Vernon held a 4-2 lead through the first two innings before the Foresters erupted for seven runs in the third to blow the game wide open en route to cruising to a 9-5 win.
Lindsey Shellabarger’s three-run shot highlighted the third with DeLucia’s three-run single coming in a close second.
The Cougars outhit HU 10-7 but the Foresters were much more efficient in scoring runs as evidenced by DeLucia and Shellabarger’s one swing apiece that accounted for six runs. Annie Weaver scored two runs and had just as many hits as the only Forester to record multiple hits in the contest.
Ariel Sheets surrendered five runs on ten hits and a walk while striking out four for the complete-game victory.
The Foresters are off until Thursday when they travel to Taylor for a 5:00 p.m. doubleheader.