The Foresters traveled to Chicago to compete in the Judson University Softball Invitational and came away with four wins. On Friday, they knocked off the host Eagles 5-4 and Trinity International 8-2 and beat Trinity Christian 4-0 and downed Judson again 2-1 on Saturday.
In the opening game, HU got off to a quick start with four runs in their first two at-bats, but Judson knotted the score with two in the third and fifth. In their final at-bat, the Foresters got a lead-off double from Brittany Gower and one-out later Brita Kuiper drove her in with a single up the middle to win the game.
Lauren Ward went the distance in the win for the Foresters. She allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Gower went 3-4 at the plate with two RBI.
In game two, HU and Trinity International each scored a run in the first, but the Foresters added another in the second, four more in the fourth and a pair of runs in the fifth for an 8-1 lead. The Trojans got their second unearned run of the game in the bottom of the sixth for the 8-2 final.
Molly Long picked up the win for HU. She gave up two unearned runs on just three hits while striking out 11 in six innings of work. Gower and Brittney Bateman both had two hits in the game and Kuiper drove in two runs to lead the Foresters.
On Saturday morning, Ashley Scally and Long combined for a one-hit shutout over Trinity Christian. Scally held the Trolls scoreless through three and a third innings for the win. She gave up just one hit and three walks while striking out four. Long came on in relief and blanked Trinity Christian over the final three and a two-thirds innings allowing no hits or runs and striking out seven.
HU plated a run in the first and third and tacked on two more in the fourth in the win. Ashley McCann led the Foresters with two hits including a double.
In the final game of the tournament, HU faced off with Judson for the second time and Ward pitched another gem to give the Foresters the 2-1 victory. She allowed one run on three hits and a walk with striking out 10 Eagles.
Bateman accounted for a significant proportion of HU's offense in the game. She put the Foresters in front early with a homerun in the first and she drove in HU's second run with a single in the third. Judson manufactured a run in the fourth, but Ward held the Eagles scoreless the remainder of the game.
With the four wins, HU improves to 14-8 on the season.