HU softball team splits first two series

The Huntington University softball team opened its season with a trip to Kentucky, where it went 2-2 over Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1.

Playing at Asbury University, 1-6, on Friday, the Foresters won the first game 9-1 but dropped the second 5-2.

Emily Puterbaugh pitched five innings of scoreless softball to guide her team to the win in game one of the doubleheader against the Eagles. She gave up one run and six hits with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work.

Sophomore Emily O'Leary led the way offensively , finishing a triple shy of the cycle. She drove in five runs, collecting three of them in the sixth when she doubled into left-center.

Kaitlyn Troyer finished a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI. Katie Knous and Cristin Carter each hammered out a pair of hits.

It took a few innings but once the Foresters started crossing the plate, they did so in every inning. HU took advantage of the first of five Asbury errors to plate their initial run in the top of the third. O'Leary knocked in her first RBI shortly after to give her team a 2-0 lead.

Huntington went on to score three runs in the fourth and sixth while logging another in the fifth before the Eagles finally got on the board in their last at-bats to make for the lopsided win.

The nightcap was a different story as the Eagles made the most of their eight hits to claim the win over their visitors. It was only a five-inning game as darkness forced an early finish.

Madi Adair blasted one over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to give Asbury a quick 1-0 lead but HU was quick to answer.

Run-scoring singles by O'Leary and Carter in the third gave Huntington what proved to be their only lead of the contest at 2-1 as the Eagles tallied three more runs in their half of the frame to surge ahead 4-2 and added an insurance run in the fifth on the heels of the game being called.

Kaylin Yon took the loss for HU. She started the game and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out four in the first four innings before Lea Buckenmyer pitched the final inning and allowed a run.

Katie DePew registered two hits and drew a walk to lead HU offensively.

The Forersters got a masterful game from pitcher Marcie McDougle to beat Georgetown College, 2-1, in extra innings of the first game Saturday, but got shut out in the nightcap, 8-0.

MdDougle scattered three hits, two walks and a run with five strikeouts over eight innings to notch her team's second win of the season.

The first six innings was a pitchers' duel with the only run coming in the third thanks to a little help from a Tiger error.

After a base-hit bunt, Natalie McGuire advanced to second on a bobble and eventually came around to score on an RBI-single by Annie Weaver to give the visitors a 1-0 lead that would stick until the bottom of the seventh when Georgetown's Cassidy Taylor homered to center to extend the game to extra innings.

O'Leary managed only one hit in the contest but it came at an opportune time as she knocked in the game-winner in the eighth. McDougle then worked a 1-2-3 inning to polish off the Tigers.

Weaver finished with two hits and scored the winning run to go along with an RBI. Troyer also picked up two hits.

The second game was a scoreless affair for the Foresters as a five-run first inning gave Georgetown a quick 5-0 lead from which HU could not recover.

Weaver and O'Leary were the only Foresters to hammer out hits.

Buckenmyer started the game but was quickly chased off the mound as the Tigers scored five runs, four earned, in the first inning before giving way to Ariel Sheets, who pitched the next 2.1 innings and allowed three runs. Yon worked a scoreless fourth inning.