Huntington, Ind. - After suffering their first loss of the season to Bethel on Tuesday, the Forester softball team bounced back to crush Goshen College on Thursday afternoon, 10-2 , 10-4.
Abby Dilling took the mound in game one and gave up one run on six hits and one walk to pick up the win. Marci McDougle worked a one-run inning of relief to close out the game.
Offensively, both teams scattered ten hits but it was the Foresters who were more efficient in putting runs on the board behind the bat of Katie Knous who went 3-for-3 and added two runs scored and three RBI. Her first RBI came in the bottom of the first with a single to left to give HU the early 1-0 lead. After an RBI-triple by Aubrey Garner in the second, Knous came up big again with a two-run shot over the center field wall to put the game out of reach.
The Foresters continued with their red hot bats scoring three more runs in the next two innings behind six hits and two Maple Leaf errors to plate ten runs on the day. Goshen finally got on the board in the fourth and added a second in the fifth but it was too little too late as Huntington cruised to the 10-2 win.
In the nightcap, the Maple Leafs jumped out to an early 2-0 after their first at-bats but it would be their only lead of the night as the Foresters scattered eight runs over the first three innings to take control of the game on its way to a 10-4 win.
The Foresters' offense picked up where it left off behind RBI-hits from Taylor Amber and Brita Kuiper in the first to knot the score at 2-2. HU exploded for five runs in their next at-bats with Katie Bowers leading the way with a two-run double to center. The other three runs came at the bats of Knous, Amber and Megan Smith as the Foresters powered ahead 7-2. HU added another run in the third before Goshen got two back in the fourth. Kuiper put the exclamation point on the night by sending her first pitch over the fence to plate HU's final two runs in the sixth.
Molly Long went the distance on the mound to claim the win. She gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while fanning 12. Amber paced HU offensively with three hits and two RBI. Knous, Bowers, Kuiper and Gower finished with two hits apiece. Kuiper also added three RBI and one run scored.