Forester softball squad double dips USF

Huntington University junior pitcher Marcie McDougle winds up for a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against Saint Francis on Monday, April 15.
Huntington University junior pitcher Marcie McDougle winds up for a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against Saint Francis on Monday, April 15. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University softball team swept a doubleheader from visiting University of Saint Francis on Monday, April 15, by winning each game with a walk-off single.

The first game went nine innings, with the Foresters prevailing 5-4, and they won the nightcap 8-7.

In game one, Saint Francis took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning only to have Huntington even things by the close of the fifth.

The 3-3 deadlock persisted through the sixth and seventh innings before Erica Smith opened the first inning of extras with a solo home run to break the tie for the Cougars. Katie Knous helped the Foresters respond in their half of the frame by getting on base with a single, stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball by Smith. A one-bagger by Bailey McIntire brought Knous home, forcing a ninth inning.

Marcie McDougle, pitching a complete game for Huntington, took down Saint Francis' batters in sequence, setting the stage for the Foresters' late-game heroics.

With two outs, Katie O'Leary reached base on an error. A Lindsay Shellabarger single sent O'Leary to second and a single to deep right-center by Knous brought her home for the winning score.

Knous went 3 for 5 at the plate with the game-winning run batted in and a run scored. Bowers led all batters with four hits and Shellabarger and Cristin Carter each two hits to the Forester cause.

Smith paced the Cougars with a 3 for 4 offensive showing and two RBI.

In McDougle's nine-inning performance, she scattered as many hits, yielded four earned runs and struck out seven to get the win.

Amy Morrison pitched the first six innings for Saint Francis before giving way to Jackie Beilfus, who pitched the final 2.2. The hurlers combined to surrender 15 hits and four earned runs, with Beilfus taking the loss.

The second game saw Huntington with a 4-1 lead going into the sixth inning, when the Cougars got to pitcher Emily Puterbaugh for seven hits and six runs, giving Saint Francis a 7-4 lead.

The Foresters got two back in the bottom of the inning, when O'Leary singled in Katie DePew and Katie Bowers.

Huntington then got another clutch late-inning performance by one of its pitchers as Kaylin Yon blanked the Cougars to send the Foresters into the bottom of the seventh down by only one, 7-6.

Knous wound up on third following a single, a sacrifice bunt by Allison Greene and a McIntire groundout to short. A Carter one-bagger plated Knous. Carter advanced to second after Annie Weaver drew a walk and a single by DePew to left-center gave Huntington the win.

O'Leary and Weaver led Huntington with two RBI apiece. Knous and DePew each banged out three hits to tie for the game-high. O'Leary and McIntire each added two hits.

Taylor Sherritt paced Saint Francis with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate and two RBI. Alyssa Kumpfmiller plated a game-best three.

Yon got the win in relief, throwing 1.1 innings and yielding no earned runs or hits.

Puterbaugh pitched 5.2 innings, surrendering 14 hits and seven earned runs.

Beilfus again got tagged with the loss for Saint Francis, giving up five hits and four earned runs in 1.2 innings of work.