HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Squaring off against Indiana Tech Thursday afternoon in nonconference action, the Forester softball team split with the Warriors, 8-6, 3-2, to move to 22-14 on the season.
It looked like HU was going to run away with game one as they raced out to a 6-0 advantage after two innings but a persistent Tech squad chipped away at the lead to stay within striking distance and then sent two over the fence in the top of the seventh to mount an impressive come-from-behind win.
The Foresters logged six of their 14 hits in the first inning to plate five runs. A pair of RBI doubles by Katie Bowers and Cristin Carter put HU on top 4-0 to start the game. Kendra DeRoo then knocked in another with an infield single to build a comfortable five run lead.
Bowers tallied her second RBI in the second when she tripled in Pazia Speed who had singled earlier in the inning to push the lead to 6-0.
HU’s productivity plummeted after that as they hammered out six more hits but left seven runners stranded in the final five innings all the while the Warriors were just warming up. They manufactured two runs in the third on two hits and two HU errors and added three more in the fourth to pull within one at 6-5.
The next two innings were quiet as neither team generated any runs but Indiana Tech came back to life in the seventh to swipe the road win. Megan Groce unloaded a two run shot over the left field fence to turn the tides and then Kelsey Kline followed suit with a solo blast to seal the win.
Molly Long started the game for HU and gave up five runs, three earned, through the first four innings before giving way to Abby Dilling who worked the final three innings and was charged with the loss. She surrendered three runs on three hits while striking out three.
Carter and Bowers provided the bulk of HU’s offensive firepower. Carter finished with two hits, three RBI and a run scored. Bowers logged two hits, scored a run and drove in two more while four other Foresters finished with multiple hits.
The Foresters jumped out to an early lead to start the nightcap but this time around was able to ward off a late-game rally by the Warriors to hold on for the win.
Marcie McDougle had a fantastic outing on the mound to pick up her sixth win of the season. She scattered four hits and gave up two runs in the complete-game victory.
Peyton Klinkhamer and Bowers each singled in the opening inning bringing Brita Kuiper to plate with runners on first and second. She smoked a double to left to drive in Klinkhamer and then Bowers scampered home on a Tech blunder on that same play to give HU an early 2-0 lead.
HU tacked on another run in the bottom of the second by way of a Klinkhamer sacrifice bunt to give the Foresters some breathing room. It proved to be the difference in the game as HU was held scoreless the rest of the way while the Warriors threatened to steal their second road win of the day in the top of the sixth.
With a runner on third and two outs in the sixth, Jessica Cotton unloaded a shot over the left field fence to pull the visitors within one at 3-2 but they would get no more as McDougle worked her way out of the inning and held off Tech in the seventh to notch the victory.
Six different Foresters collected a hit in the game with Klinkhamer and Kuiper each tallying an RBI.
For the day Bowers was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle as she banged out a single, double and triple. She currently leads the MCC in hitting with her .468 average.
The Foresters hit the road on Saturday to take on Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 1:00 p.m.