UPLAND, Ind. – For the first time this season, the Huntington softball team lost both games of a doubleheader to drop to 13-10 overall, 6-4 in league play. The Trojans of Taylor University took it to their visitors in game one, 12-4, before cruising to a 5-2 win in the nightcap to complete the Crossroads sweep.
Things started off well for Coach Gower’s squad as they scored all four of their runs in the first two innings to jump in front 4-0. While the Trojans only had two errors in the contest, the first one was costly as a missed catch with bases loaded allowed three Foresters to scamper home in the top of the first.
Taylor’s second error, in the next inning, also played a role in HU’s fourth run. After Annie Weaver reached base on a fielder’s choice, she eventually touched home on a wild throw that came on the heels of Katie DePew’s single to shallow center.
HU’s bats went quiet after that as Hannah Klebesadel held the Foresters hitless the rest of the contest while Taylor, behind a pair of two-run blasts, was just heating up. The Trojans scattered 14 hits to HU’s four and plated runs in each of the final four innings to blow the game wide open and wrap up their lopsided 12-4 win by the sixth.
DePew accounted for two of Huntington’s hits while Lindsey Shellabarger and Kaitlyn Troyer each picked up a base poke.
Starting pitcher Marcie McDougle had a rough go of it on the mound to post her third loss of the season. She gave up nine hits, seven runs, six of which were earned, and a walk while striking out two in four inning of work.
The Trojans wasted little time taking over the nightcap as they pounded eight of their ten hits in the first two frames to race out to a 4-0 lead. HU’s batting woes carried over from the opener as they managed only three hits through the first five innings.
Huntington finally got on track in the sixth by piecing together a pair of hits and taking advantage of a few more Trojan miscues to pull within two at 4-2. DePew opened up the inning by singling up the middle and then coming around to score three batters later on a Cristin Carter groundout.
In the midst of DePew working her way around the bases, Shellabarger also started her trek home by way of Taylor’s errors. She reached base on a missed catch and eventually touched home on another missed catch.
Taylor got one back in their half of the frame to round out the game’s scoring and cruise to their second win of the day.
HU finished with five hits in the contest with Bess Fiechter collecting two of them.
Emily Puterbaugh took the loss for HU, giving up ten hits, five runs and a walk while striking out four.
The Foresters are back in action tomorrow when they host Saint Francis at 3:00 p.m.