GOSHEN, Ind. – After playing even with the Maple Leafs through the first four innings, the HU softball team (23-16, 16-10) erupted for five runs in the fifth on their way to a 9-1 blowout over Goshen College Tuesday afternoon. It was supposed to be a doubleheader but Goshen forfeited the opener due to final exams.
The first four innings whizzed by as both teams combined for just two hits, which included Cristin Carter’s RBI-double in the second, as pitching dominated play. GC evened things up in the fourth but it was all Huntington after that.
Three walks and three hits highlighted HU’s five-run rally in the fifth that included a two-run double by Katie Knous, RBI-single by Katie DePew and sacrifice fly by Bess Fiechter. The sixth proved to be nearly as productive as the visitors pounded out four hits for three runs, all with two outs, to cut the game an inning short compliments of the eight-run rule.
It was DePew and Knous who again provided the fire power, both registering run-scoring singles with Knous’ shot to center giving two teammates the opportunity to scamper home. Knous finished with two hits and four RBI to pace HU offensively.
Sophomore Emily Puterbaugh scattered just two hits and allowed one run while striking out eight for the complete-game victory. Puterbaugh is now 7-5 on the season.
HU hits the road again on Friday when they travel to Saint Francis for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.