Weaver leads HU past Maple Leafs twice

Huntignton University pitcher Ariel Sheets fires one toward home in first game action of a doubleader on Tuesday, April 1, against visiting Goshen College. Photo by Steve Clark.

Annie Weaver banged out five hits on the day and the Huntington University softball team used the eight-run rule twice on visiting Goshen College on Tuesday, April 1, on the way to a 10-2, 13-5 sweep.

Weaver, a sophomore outfielder, notched three hits in the opener and came back with two more in the nightcap as HU improved to 13-8 on the season, 6-2 in Crossroads League play.

The Foresters started off the day right, putting up a six-spot on the Maple Leafs in the first inning of the opener and capping the game off with three runs in the seventh to get to the eight-run mark.

Katie Knous added two hits for HU, which had 10 for the game. Lindsay Shellabarger, who hit a home run, along with Cristin Carter and Kaitlyn Troyer each plated a pair of runs.

Weaver, Katie DePew and Shellabarger each scored a pair of runs to help make Ariel Sheets a winner on the mound. Sheets went five innings, yielding two earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Huntington used a pair of four run frames - the second and third innings - on the way to a 9-1 lead after three innings. Although Goshen scored three runs in the fifth and another in the fifth, the Foresters pushed across two runs in both of the fifth and sixth innings to end the contest.

DePew collected three safeties and scored three times for HU, which had 16 hits in the contest. Shellabarger, Knous, Carter, Bess Fiechter and Troyer each matched Weaver's pair, and Knous was the big RBI hand with four. Fiechter and Buckenmyer each blasted homers.

Kaylin Yon went the first four innings and gave up thee hits and four runs, one earned, to get the win. Lea Buckenmyer finished up with two innings of one-run relief.