HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Taking on Calumet College of St. Joseph in nonconference action on Thursday afternoon, the Forester softball team split a doubleheader with the Crimson Wave. HU dropped a 6-3 decision before returning the favor in the nightcap by logging a 7-3 win to even up the series.
Huntington was behind the eight ball in the opener as Calumet raced out to a 4-0 lead forcing HU to play catch up the rest of the game. The Foresters got on the board in the bottom of the second when Cristin Carter registered a two-out triple and classmate Kendra DeRoo knocked her in with an RBI single into center to reduce Calumet’s lead by one.
The Crimson Wave continued to swing away at the plate as Abrego sailed one of over the right field fence, Calumet’s third long ball of the day, in the third and added an insurance run in the following inning to grow the lead to 6-1. The Foresters got two back in the sixth thanks to a passed ball and run scoring single by Carter but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Wave cruised to the win.
Molly Long took the loss on the mound. In 3.2 innings of work, she gave up eight hits, six runs and three walks while fanning four. Abby Dilling finished out the game and gave up two hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Carter was the lone Forester to tally two hits. She also scored a run and drove in another while four other Foresters added a base poke.
The tables turned in the nightcap as the Foresters pounded out nine hits and took advantage of seven Calumet errors to avenge their earlier loss. The tone was set early as the visitors committed four blunders in the bottom of the first to which HU scored on a wild throw to jump ahead 1-0.
Calumet deadlocked things at 1-1 in the top of the second but it would be as close as they would get as the Foresters coupled four hits with three Calumet errors to push three more runs across the plate in the bottom of the third. HU’s first and third runs of the inning both came by way a wild throw while the middle run was a result of Brita Kuiper’s RBI groundout.
After a relatively quiet day for the MCC’s leader hitter, Katie Bowers crushed one onto the basketball court in the bottom of the fifth to record her second homer of the week and give HU a 5-1 lead. Carter then cushioned the lead with her two-run double into left to make it 7-1. Calumet found home twice in the sixth but it wouldn’t be enough as the Foresters held on for the win.
Marcie McDougle extended her win streak to five. She scattered six hits and gave up three runs while striking out eight for the complete game victory. McDougle’s last loss came back on March 31 against Cedarville University.
Offensively Bowers and Lindsay Shellabarger tallied two hits apiece. Bowers also scored two runs and an RBI while Shellabarger finished with a run.
The Foresters wrap up the regular season with a home game against Saint Francis on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before heading into the MCC Conference Tournament on May 2-3 at Indiana Wesleyan.