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Forester softball rolls over Maple Leafs

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GOSHEN, Ind. – The Huntington softball team made quick work of the Goshen College Maple Leafs Saturday afternoon by picking up two five-inning wins to improve to 28-14 overall, 21-9 in league play while GC drops to 6-37 overall, 4-24 in the conference.  

Game one saw the Foresters log 14 hits to their hosts’ three. Goshen’s only run came in the bottom of the first but after Huntington had already scored  twice compliments of Emily O’Leary’s RBI-single and Marty Harris’ run-scoring double to make for a 2-1 contest after one.

It was all HU after that as they more than batted around in the third to touch home four times, highlighted by Natalie  McGuire’s two-run single down the left field line.

Alyssa Hiple and O’Leary stole the show in the fourth with back-to-back homers. Two batters later, Courtney Sliger singled to center and eventually made her way home on a missed catch to account for the contest’s final run as the game was called in the fifth because of the eight-run rule.

O’Leary posted big numbers, finishing with three hits, scoring three times and driving in two runs. McGuire added two hits and just as many RBI. Bess Fiechter likewise registered a pair of hits as did Hiple who also tallied an RBI and scored twice.

Emily Puterbaugh threw just 67 pitches and gave up three hits, one run and a walk while striking out eight for the decisive win.

The nightcap was more of the same as Huntington made sure the game was never in question. HU established a 10-0 lead before giving up two runs in the third to wrap up the win in five frames.

The Foresters first struck in the second by plating five runs. They had plenty of help from their hosts as their first two runs came by way of two walks, two errors and a wild pitch before Hiple drilled a two-run double to deep right-center and then scored on O’Leary’s RBI-single to shallow right.

Coach Gower’s squad was back at it in the third, this time scoring on a McGuire RBI-single and two-run shot by Audra Klopfenstein before touching home twice more on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Goshen’s only notable offense of the game was Sydney Stein’s two-run homer in the third as Ariel Sheets held the Maple Leafs in check the rest of the way. The senior hurler finished with seven hits, two runs and a walk while striking out two for the win. She is currently ranked 16th nationally in walks allowed per nine (0.79).  

Hiple and Klopfenstein each logged a hit and two RBI to pace HU offensively.

Huntington heads to Fort Wayne on Tuesday to face 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 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.