The HU softball team traveled to the University of West Florida to compete in a spring break tournament and came away with a 1-5 record to start the season.
In their opening game, the Foresters fell 9-4 to Drury University. The Panthers led 6-0 after three inning. The Foresters got on the board with two runs in the fourth, but Drury got them both back in the fifth. HU cut the deficit in half with two more runs in the sixth, but couldn't get any closer. Lauren Ward took the loss for HU. She went the distance and gave up nine runs, five earned, on 10 hits and five walks while striking out three. Ashley McCann and Kendra Stahl both had two hits to lead the Foresters at the plate.
In game two on opening day, HU faced William Jewell College and lost 4-1. The Cardinals plated one in the bottom of the first and the Foresters even it up with one in the top of the fourth. William Jewell then responded with two in their half of the fourth and added an insurance run in the sixth to knock off HU. Brittney Bateman had three of the Foresters five hits in the game and scored HU's lone run. Ashley Scally threw all seven innings in the loss. She allowed four runs on six hits and five walks and she struck out four.
On day two, the Foresters picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader with Mid-America Christian University. The Evangels took a 1-0 lead in the second and held on to it until the Foresters' final at-bat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Keri Badenhop drillled a leadoff double to left. With one out, Ashley Scally moved Badenhop to third on a infield groundout. Janalee Boroff then came up with the clutch single to center to score the tying run, but HU could not push the winning run across.
When extra innings are required, the offense starts the inning with a runner on second. The Foresters were able to keep MACU from scoring in the top of the eighth and then got their turn in the bottom half. With Megan Smith on second, Kendra Stahl laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Smith to third. With two outs, Laura Baas reached on an intentional walk. Baas then stole second and Smith scored the game-winner from third on the throw.
Ward evened her record at 1-1 with the complete game win. She allowed one run on four hits while striking out five. Brittany Gower was the lone Forester with two hits in the game.
In the nightcap cap, the Evangels earned the split with the 6-0 win over HU. The Foresters managed just one hit in the loss. Laura Baas was the pitcher of record for HU. She went four innings and gave up six runs on five hits and eight walks while striking out one.
In their final two games of the week, the Foresters faced Olivet Nazarene University and were shut out in both games of the twinbill 4-0 and 9-0. Scally (0-2) took the loss in game one allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in seven innings. Ward dropped to 1-2 with the loss in game two. She gave up nine runs on 12 hits and five walks while striking out one.