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HU softball collects a pair of wins at Goshen

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GOSHEN, Ind. – Originally slated to be a home series, the Forester softball team traveled to Goshen Tuesday afternoon to take on the Maple Leafs (6-12, 3-9) and came away with a pair of wins, 6-4, 5-1, to improve to 11-10-1 overall, 6-6 in league play.

Lairen Miller went the distance in game one for the complete-game win in the circle. The rookie hurler gave up nine hits for four runs, three earned, to pick up her fifth victory of the season.

HU got off to a slow start, giving up three runs in the first two frames to find themselves in a 3-1 hole, but didn’t waste much time turning things around. In addition to timely hitting, Huntington’s turnaround was aided by a handful of Goshen botched plays with their first two runs, one in the second and another in the third, coming by way of a pair of misplayed grounders.

Still down by one at 3-2 heading in the top of the fourth, the Foresters loaded the bases compliments of two hits and a third GC error to set the stage for a three-run inning. Marty Harris, who opened the frame with a single to center, touched home first on a passed ball. With bases still loaded, Natalie McGuire delivered with a single down the right field line to give her team its first lead of the day after which Casey Lehman extended the lead to two at 5-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Goshen would get one back in their half of the frame to pull within one but would get no closer as Sabrina Bethel drove in the game’s final run with an infield single in the top of the seventh for the 6-4 final.

Marty Harris went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three times to lead the Foresters offensively. Bethel and Lehman each added a pair of hits, an RBI and scored once to make for a well balanced attack.

The nightcap started off much like the opener with the Maple Leafs getting on the board first. This time around, it was just a 1-0 lead that stood until the top of the third when HU plated three runs to take a permanent lead on the way to their four-run victory.

After two quick outs to open up the third, the Foresters hammered out four straight hits. McGuire started things off with a single to third and then came around to score on Lehman’s RBI-double down the left field line. Audra Klopfenstein doubled down the other line to drive in Lehman and then made her way home on a Camille Furrow run-scoring single for the 3-1 lead.

Just like game one, Bethel capped off the scoring, this time by way of a two-run shot into left-center for a double in the fifth.

The sophomore third baseman finished with three hits and two RBI as one of three Foresters to log multiple hits. Lehman was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate to go along with an RBI while Furrow posted three hits and an RBI. Together the trio accounted for ten of their team’s 12 hits.

Furrow (6-5) also came up big for the Foresters on the mound to pick up the complete-game win. She surrendered eight hits and one run while striking out six of the 28 batters she faced.

HU returns home on Friday to host Saint Francis at 3:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.