MARION, Ind. – Emily O’Leary’s three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth was the exclamation point on Huntington’s 7-0 win over sixth-seeded Spring Arbor in first round action of the Crossroads League Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Indiana Wesleyan’s Wildcat Field.
It didn’t take long for Huntington to take command of the contest. With runners on second and third, Katie Knous singled up the middle to drive in both teammates for an early 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first.
Two innings later Lindsay Shellabarger tallied her 38th RBI of the season when she singled through the hole at shortstop. Later that same inning, Katie DePew, who had singled earlier in the frame, snuck home on a well-executed double steal to account for HU’s fourth run.
Knous and Bess Fiechter each finished with a pair of hits to pace HU offensively.
Emily Puterbaugh gave up four hits and five walks while striking out five through the first six innings to register the shutout win, her first of the season and the team’s third, before Lea Buckenmyer tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to secure the win.
The #3 Foresters (27-19) will face #2 Bethel at 4:00 p.m. today.