The Huntington University softball team went 1-3 in a tournament at the University of St. Francis (IL) played over Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.
The tournament started off promising for the Foresters, 6-12, as they built a 4-0 lead over three innings against Judson University in game one. The Eagles, though, responded with seven runs across the game's final four innings to snatch the win, 7-4.
Allison Catlett led Judson with three hits, two runs batted in and three runs while Lindsay Shellabarger's two hits, run batted in and a run scored paced Huntington.
The Eagles crept past the Foresters in hits, 9-7.
Kaylin Yon took the loss on the mound for Huntington, giving up nine hits and seven runs, three of them earned, in six innings. Yon's defense committed five errors, one of which led to two runs in the top of the fifth.
Judson's Brianna Tennyson struck out seven in a complete game win.
The Foresters flipped the script in the second game, as they trailed early before coming on strong late against Ashford University.
Huntington was down 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth when it picked up a run, shut out Ashford at the top of the sixth and tallied four more runs at the bottom of the inning to take the lead, 5-4, which stood up.
The Foresters couldn't keep that momentum going into Saturday, though, as they dropped their first game 4-1 to St. Ambrose University.
Things were tied after four innings at 1-1 when the Queen Bees put up two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to get the win.
Huntington had its chances, but left six runners on base.
Allison Greene got a hit and scored the Foresters' lone run on a wild pitch. Erin O'Donnell, who had a hit, a run batted in and a run, led St. Ambrose.
Nichole Garland and Kathryn Brown combined to give up only four hits, with the latter's scoreless work in the game's final four innings getting her the win.
Marcie McDougle took the loss for Huntington, giving up five hits and four runs, three of them earned, in six innings.
The Foresters didn't save their best for last, as they lost their final game of the tournament to host St. Francis 13-3.
The 1-1 game after two inningsspiraled out of control in the bottom of the third for Huntington when the Fighting Saints scored 11 runs.
St. Francis' Jenna King led all batters with five RBI. All of them came in the third inning when he had a two-run double and a three-run homer. Kiley Southall had three RBI for the game and picked up two of them in the frame.
The teams traded runs in the fifth and Huntington got another in the sixth, but the damage had already been done.
Katie Bowers paced the Foresters with a pair of hits, a run batted in and a run.
Hurler Emily Puterbaugh took the loss for Huntington, giving up four hits and four runs, three of them earned, in two innings of work.
Jasmine Sifuentez was the winning for the Fighting Saints, scattering six hits and three runs, two of them earned, across five innings.