The Huntington University softball team rallied for six runs in the sixth inning only to see host Calumet College walk away with the win on a homer in its half of the inning in the opening game of a twinbill loss on Saturday, April 27.
The Foresters, 18-16, lost the nightcap, 5-3.
The Crimson Wave built a 6-0 lead over five innings in the opener when the Foresters rallied to even things in the top of the sixth. Katie Bowers had the big swing with a three-run homer that brought home Annie Weaver and Cristin Carter. Allison Greene kept things going with a single that plated Katie Knous and Huntington completed its comeback on an error by Jessica Pabey that allowed Greene and Pazia Speed to score.
The jubilation in the Foresters' dugout was short-lived, however, when Calumet's first batter in its half of the frame, Kristen Ashby, homered to help the Crimson Wave retake the lead, 7-6, for a score that stood up.
Bowers had another hit in addition to her sixth inning production to lead Huntington, 18-16, offensively. Greene also had a pair of safeties.
As a team, the Foresters banged out 10 hits to eight for the Crimson Wave.
Patricia Monarrez accounted for two of those hits for Calumet - one of them a home run - and knocked in three. The freshman also scored two runs of her own, tying Ashby for the game-high.
Ariel Sheets gave up four hits in four innings and an earned run to get the loss for Huntington. Emily Puterbaugh allowed four pokes and a trio of earned runs in two innings of relief.
Abigail Nelsen got the win for Calumet, scattering 10 hits and four earned runs across seven innings.
The Foresters again caught up with the Crimson Wave in the second game, making up a 2-0 deficit in the top of the fourth inning, but the hosts outscored Huntington 3-1 the rest of the way for their second win of the day.
Both squads got solid pitching performances. Alex Latronica threw another Crimson Wave complete game, ceding seven hits and three earned runs with zero walks and three strikeouts for the win. Kaylin Yon got the tough-luck loss for the Foresters, spreading seven hits and two earned runs across six innings.
A passed ball and two errors that led to three unearned Crimson Wave runs were the difference in the game.
Once again, Bowers paced Huntington offensively, smacking another home run and going two for three at the plate with an RBI and two runs.
Emily O'Leary supplied a pair of hits, an RBI and a run and Speed had an RBI.
Brittany Renninger homered for Calumet and led the hosts with two hits, an RBI and a run.