Forester softball team uses late rally for split

A seven-run rally in the sixth inning pushed the Huntington University softball team past host Marian, 11-5, in the second game for a doubleheader split on Tuesday, April 2.

The Foresters trailed 5-4 after Marian scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but tallied seven runs on seven hits, with Annie Weaver and Emily O'Leary each knocking in two runs in the frame as HU evened its record at 6-6 after taking an 8-0 shellacking in the first game.

Lyndsay Shellabarger blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning of the second contest to give the Foresters a short-lived 4-2 lead before Marian took the lead back in its half of the frame.

Emily Puterbaugh was the mound recipient of the offensive support, going all seven innings and yielding five runs, three earned, on 10 hits, with four strikeouts and five walks.

O'Leary went 4 for 4 for the contest, while Weaver and Shellaberger each had two hits and three runs batted in for HU's 11-hit attack.

In the opener, the Foresters were limited to three harmless hits by Marian hurler Emily Gwaltney, who struck out eighth batters and didn't issue a walk.

Marcie McDougle took the loss for HU, pitching six innings and being touched for five runs, four earned, on eight hits, with three strikeouts and no walks.

Katie Bowers started HU's winning rally in the second game with a leadoff double in the sixth. O'Leary and Knous then linked singles for the first run of the frame, but Gwaltney then came on in relief and struck out Cristin Carter for the first out. Shellabarger bunted for a single to load the bases, and Katie DePew bunted the next run across for a 6-5 HU lead. Following an Allison Greene popout for the second out, Weaver plated two more with a single, Bailey McIntire singled another across and Bowers walked before O'Leary got the last two runners home.

Marian is 14-6 on the season.