Despite out-hitting host Olive College 18-5 and blasting three home runs in the doubleheader, Huntington University's softball
team (4-8) lost a pair of games to the Comets on Thursday. The Foresters fell by identical 5-4 scores in both contests.
Olivet jumped in front 2-0 after one inning in the opener. HU's Melissa Werling launched a solo shot in the top of the third to cut the Foresters' deficit in half.
The Comets pieced together four singles in their half of the third frame to stretch their advantage to 3-1, and Olivet pushed two more across in the sixth to make it 5-2.
Huntington rallied back in the top of the seventh. Brita Kuiper got things started with a one-out solo home run. Megan Smith and Brandi Gower followed with singles. After a pop out, Abby Garner reached on an Olivet throwing error. The miscue allowed Smith to score, and Gower, representing the tying run, attempted to score all the way from first. But the Comets' first baseman chased down the errant throw and fired it home in time to cut Gower down at the plate and end the game.
Stacie Rawnsley (0-4) took a hard-luck loss on the hill, limiting Olivet to five hits and one earned run over five strong innings.
In the nightcap, Huntington jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the second thanks to RBI singles from Abby Dilling and Allison Greene.
After Olivet answered with a run in their half of the second, HU's Katie Bowers led off the third with a home run, pushing the Foresters' cushion to 4-1. The Comets struck back and took control with four runs in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Huntington fielding error and pounding out five hits in the frame to inch in front 5-4.
Dilling led off the top of the fourth with a double, givign HU a chance to tie the score. But the Foresters stranded her on second and didn't get another runner in scoring position the rest of the game as Olivet's Rachel Cook came out of the bullpen and limited Huntington to two hits over the final four innings.
Molly Long (4-2) took the loss in game two although she only allowed two earned runs and struck out nine. Garner finished with two hits in the game.
Huntington hosts Indiana Wesleyan in its Mid-Central Conference opener Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Submitted by Austan Kas, The Herald Press