FORT WAYNE, Ind. - It was a sluggish start for the Forester softball team as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the University of Saint Francis Tuesday afternoon at Lady Cougar Field before bouncing back to erupt for double digit runs in the nightcap to cruise to a 11-3 win.
HU (23-15) moves to 10-6 in the MCC and is currently sharing the No. 3 spot with USF in the conference standings.
The Foresters found themselves in a 4-0 deficit to start the game thanks in large part to the Cougars’ heavy bats as they knocked two out of the park in their first at-bats.
HU got two back in the top of the fourth when Katie Knous tripled in a run and then came around to score on a Lindsay Shellabarger RBI single up the middle to make it 4-2. USF manufactured another run in the fifth to put the game out of reach as HU’s offense sputtered the rest of the way.
Molly Long was charged with the loss. She gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out eight in six innings in the circle.
Seven different Foresters picked up a hit in the losing effort with Bowers and Knous each logging an RBI.
Bowers proved why she’s the best hitter in the conference as she went a perfect 4-for-4 in the nightcap which included her eighth dinger of the year. She also tallied four runs and three RBI to power HU’s offense to an 11-3 drubbing. For the series she was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
She had plenty of help from her teammates as eight different Foresters recorded 14 additional hits. Pazia Speed, Peyton Klinkhamer and Cristin Carter each registered three hits while Knous ripped a three-run shot over the left field fence for her second four-bagger of the year.
Huntington logged runs in all but two innings as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three and never looked back; working over four USF pitchers on their way to the lopsided win.
Marcie McDougle threw a complete game allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five to improve to 7-2 on the year.
The Foresters have a busy week as they hit the road today to take on Mount Vernon Nazarene University for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader and then host Calumet College of St. Joseph on Thursday.