Buckenmyer spells relief as Forester softball team sweeps IWU


Huntington University pitcher Kaylin Yon winds up to deliver a pitch against visiting Indiana Wesleyan in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, April 11. Photo by Steve Clark.

Reliever Lea Buckenmyer tamed Indiana Wesleyan's offense to help the Huntington University softball team emerge with an 11-8 victory and cap a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Wildcats on Friday, April 11.

The Foresters, 18-11 overall, 11-5 in the Crossroads League, took the first game, 9-1.

Indiana Wesleyan had Huntington's number early in game two, putting up four hits, two earned runs and six runs total against hurler Ariel Sheets and the Forester defense in the opening inning.

After Buckenmyer came in to record the frame's final out, Huntington's offense made up some ground by plating four runs of its own in its half of the inning. Buckenmyer took control of the game after that, yielding just a pair of runs to the Wildcats in the second frame before pitching a shutout the rest of the way.

The Forester offense held up its end of the bargain, scoring three runs in both the third and fifth innings before adding an insurance tally in the sixth to complete the comeback win.

Buckenmyer, a freshman, limited Indiana Wesleyan to six hits and only the two runs in 6.1 innings of work to earn the victory, her fourth against only one loss.

Fellow frosh Bess Fiechter had the big bat for Coach Doug Gower's squad, smacking a home run and a triple to plate a game-high three runners. Senior Lindsay Shellabarger scored a trio of runs and supplied three of Huntington's 10 base pokes.

The Wildcats matched the hosts' hit total, with a two-run homer by Emily Sell highlighting the effort.

Janessa Guevara took the loss for Indiana Wesleyan, surrendering eight hits and nine earned runs in four frames.

The Foresters jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning in game one and never looked back.

Huntington added five more scores in the third inning, then starter Kaylin Yon sealed the run rule victory by holding the Wildcats to a lone run in the top of the fifth.

Yon scattered four hits and an unearned run over five frames to earn the win, her second of the year.

The Foresters notched 13 base pokes against a pair of Indiana Wesleyan pitchers, with Fiechter and sophomore Katie DePew banging out three apiece. DePew added two runs batted in, which Shellabarger and sophomore Annie Weaver matched.