TU Splits with Foresters in Dramatic Fashion
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The TU softball team split its doubleheader at Huntington on Tuesday, winning decisively, 10-2, in six innings in game one and stumbling, 4-3, on a walk-off double in game two.
The Trojans jumped on the board quickly in game one, taking a commanding 5-1 lead after just two innings of play.
Alex Lovelace and Anna Gunderson led off the game with a pair of singles and both came around to score for the first two TU runs of the afternoon.
HU (20-16-1, 15-12 CL) added a run in the home-half of the opening frame, but Taylor tallied three more runs in the second inning to give the Trojans a four-run cushion. Lovelace’s TU record-setting 10th-career triple drove in the first two scores of the second stanza and Gunderson drove in Lovelace during the next at-bat.
Each team scored once in the fourth inning, bringing the score to 6-2, in favor of the Purple and Gold.
The sixth inning began with a double from Taylor Wilson, who came around to score after a single by Lovelace and a sacrifice fly by Gunderson. Cassie Kuizin walked, bringing Davis Carter to the plate with runners on first and second. The senior belted the 0-1 pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer that gave TU a 10-2 advantage.
Hannah Robbins (12-3) retired the side in the bottom of the sixth, securing the 10-2 win in six innings for Taylor and collecting her sixth-straight win in the circle.
Lovelace enjoyed a perfect 4-4 day at the dish, scoring three times and driving in three more to lead the Trojan attack, while Taylor Wilson provided a pair of hits and scored a run.
Taylor jumped in front again in the second outing, but three TU errors in the third and fourth innings allowed Huntington to produce three runs and take a 3-2 lead.
Hannah Castor doubled and later scored in the fifth inning to knot the score at three runs apiece, but back-to-back hits with two outs in the seventh gave the Foresters a 4-3 walk-off win.
The RV Trojans (28-13, 20-6 CL) will look to close the gap on first-place and fourth-ranked Marian (34-2, 25-1 CL) on Thursday, as the Knights visit Gudakunst Field for two games starting at 4:00 pm.