Robbins arm, bat stifle HU women twice

Hannah Robbins led visiting Taylor to a sweep of the Huntington University softball team, 2-0 and 8-3, on Wednesday, April 16.

The Foresters fall to 19-14 overall and 12-8 in the Crossroads League, with half their conference losses coming against the first place Trojans, who improve to 32-9 and 18-4.

Robbins pitched a complete game shutout in the opening tilt before plating a contest-high three runners in the nightcap.

The Taylor freshman yielded only four hits and struck out seven to pick up the first-game mound win. Robbins also helped the visitors break through against Huntington hurler Emily Puterbaugh in the sixth inning, batting a runner in along with Lauren Ehle to account for the game's only runs.

Like Robbins, Puterbaugh also went the distance in the circle, giving up only six base pokes and one earned run while striking out five to get hung with the tough luck loss.

Robbins produced four of the Trojans' 14 base pokes in the second game, which saw the visitors up 5-0 going into the bottom of the third inning. Katie Knous helped Huntington get on the board with a two-run double and Emily O'Leary drove in a runner to tighten things up to 5-3.

That would prove to be all the offense Coach Doug Gower's squad could muster, however, and Taylor cushioned its advantage with a solo tally in the fourth then tacked on two more runs in the seventh.

Cristin Carter and Katie DePew produced two hits apiece for Huntington, which managed seven against Taylor pitcher Hannah Klebesadel, who tossed a complete game and struck out six to get the victory.

Ariel Sheets threw the first four innings for the Foresters and took the loss, giving up 10 base pokes and six runs. Lea Buckenmyer pitched three frames of relief, allowing four hits and an earned run.

Bethany Bates supplemented Robbins' offensive effort with a pair of runs batted in and Anna Gunderson added a solo home run.