The Huntington University softball team kicked off its season with back-to-back 6-2 wins over host Brescia University on Saturday, March 9.
Katie Bowers had the big stick for the Foresters, 2-0, in the first game, going 2 for 3, one of those hits a two-run homer, with three RBI overall.
The senior also scored two runs and stole three bases.
The Foresters led 1-0 after the first inning when Bowers knocked in Annie Weaver, then pushed that advantage to 3-0 in the third on a two-run single by Katie Knous.
Things tightened up in the bottom of the fifth when the Bearcats picked up two runs to narrow Huntington's lead to 3-2, but after a scoreless sixth inning, the Foresters gave themselves a big cushion at the top of seventh with three runs that took the game to its final tally.
Katie DePew scored the first of those three runs off a Lindsay Shellabarger double and the other two came courtesy of Bowers' long ball.
Knous went 2 for 4 with the two RBI, and Katie DePew went 2 for 3, scoring two runs.
Huntington outhit Brescia, 10-6.
Marcie McDougle went the distance on the mound for Foresters, surrendering only two runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts.
In the second game, the Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the first and pushed it to 2-0 at the bottom of the fifth.
Huntington, however, came alive at the top of the sixth, plating three. Pazia Speed got the rally started with a single that sent Bowers home, Knous stole home to knot the score up at 2-2 and Cristin Carter hit one into center field to give the Foresters a 3-2 lead.
The seventh inning was a repeat of the sixth as Huntington picked up another three runs, with Bowers scoring the first on one of Brescia's five errors for the game, Knous getting the second on a double steal and Carter driving in Speed to round out the team's scoring.
Carter went 2 for 3 with two RBI, followed by Bowers' 2 for 4 showing with two runs and Knous' two runs and an RBI.
Emily Puterbaugh pitched three innings, Kaylin Yon threw one and Ariel Sheets hurled the final three, yielding no hits and striking out two to pick up her first collegiate win.