Forester softball team splits comeback battle with MVNU

Huntington University’s Bailey McIntire slides safely into third base during the first game of the softball team’s doubleheader against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Friday, March 29. The Foresters lost the game but won the second one. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University softball team had its first comeback attempt against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University fall short, 9-8, but won in its second attempt, 11-10, in doubleheader action on Friday, March 29.

In the win, the Foresters were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when they found their swing and made up the deficit in one inning, tying things at 4-4.

Huntington then held the Cougars scoreless in the sixth and continued its offensive barrage in the bottom half of the inning, putting up five runs to create a dominating 9-4 lead.

But Mount Vernon Nazarene wasn't going to go quietly. The Cougars lit the Foresters up for six runs in the seventh to retake the lead, 10-9, and force Huntington to come back once more.

The Foresters, however, were up to the challenge, tallying two runs for the win.

Annie Weaver knocked in three for Huntington, 4-4, and scored two runs of her own.

As a team, the Foresters banged out 14 hits to 10 for the Cougars.

Ariel Sheets picked up the mound win in relief for the Foresters despite gviing up four runs in just 1.2 innings of relief.

The Foresters trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth of the first game when they picked up two runs to tighten things up to 5-3.

Though Mount Vernon Nazarene responded with two runs in the fifth to push its advantage back to four at 7-3, Huntington got three runs in the inning, shut out the Cougars in the sixth and got another run to tie things up, 7-7, going into the game's final frame.

However, two runners scored for Mount Vernon Nazarene, giving the Foresters one last hurdle to clear, which they couldn't, managing only a run.

Weaver, Lindsay Shellabarger and Katie DePew each plated two runners for Huntington, while DePew and Bailey McIntire led the team two runs apiece.

The teams were dead-even in hits with 12.

Hurler Marcie McDougle took the Forester loss, surrendering 10 hits and six earned runs in five innings.