GOSHEN, Ind. - The HU softball team swept Goshen College Thursday afternoon with a pair of convincing wins, 7-0, 5-1, improve to 17-7 overall, 5-1 in the conference.
Molly Long dominated the mound in game one with a one-hit shutout. She gave up three walks while striking out five for her tenth win of the season.
She was backed with more than enough firepower at the plate as the Foresters blasted out of the gates to score all seven runs in the first three innings to cruise to the lopsided win.
When all the dust settled, HU finished with 11 hits and took advantage of three Maple Leaf errors to run away with the game.
Leading the way was Kate Bowers who finished a perfect 4-for-4 which included her fifth dinger of the season, two RBI and two runs scored. Six other Foresters got in the action to pick up base hits which included Pazia Speed’s first collegiate knock, a shot to left-center that bounced off the top of the fence for a double.
The Foresters’ biggest inning came in their first at-bats. After a Bowers’ single to center and back-to-back walks, Amy Snider singled in a run for HU’s first score of the game. HU then took full advantage of a botched play by Goshen short stop Savannah Brinegar to plate two more runs for the early 3-0 lead.
Bowers gave her team even more breathing room in the second when she blasted a two-run shot over the center field fence to grow HU’s lead to 5-0. Huntington’s final two runs came by way of a missed catch in the third to give the visitors a seven-run advantage that they sustained to the game’s end.
The Maple Leafs kept things interesting through the first three innings of the nightcap before the visitors finally came alive. Goshen scored a run in their first at-bats and held onto the lead until the top of the third when Shellabarger drove in the Foresters’ first run of the game.
HU went on to plate three more runs in the top of the fourth to jump ahead 4-1. Snider opened up the inning with a double to deep center and classmate Cristin Carter doubled her in for the RBI and then came around to score on Brandi Gower’s run scoring ground out. Peyton Klinkhamer plated the Foresters’ final run of the inning on a Maple Leaf error to build a three-run advantage.
Allison Greene got into the action in the fifth when she knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice to seal the win. Goshen threatened in the seventh but their efforts came up fruitless. With runners on first and second and two outs, Marcie McDougle worked the final out to leave both runners stranded and notch the win in the circle. She gave up one run, seven hits and one walk while striking out three.
Bowers again paced the Foresters at the plate with two hits. She finished the day 6-for-8.