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Forester softball tops Saint Francis twice

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Forester softball team picked up two wins, 5-1, 6-0, over Saint Francis (16-26, 10-20) at Lady Cougar Field Tuesday afternoon to extend their win streak to five. After dropping five straight contests, HU has won seven of their last eight games to improve to 30-14 overall, 23-9 in league play.

With four regular season games remaining, Coach Gower’s squad is sitting third in the conference standings, just two games out of second place.

In game one, Emily Puterbaugh got the job done in the circle, giving up five hits, one run and a walk, to pick up the win while her teammates got the job done at the plate.

Courtney Sliger delivered a run-scoring triple in the top of the second and then touched home on Natalie McGuire’s RBI-single for an early 2-0 Forester lead. Alyssa Hiple, after opening up the third with a single, made it a 3-0 contest when she eventually touched home on a USF error.

Saint Francis would get one back in the third but that was all she wrote for the Cougars’ offense after that as it served as their only run of the day.

Meanwhile, Audra Klopfenstein tallied an RBI-single in the fourth and then Hiple topped things off by singling in Katie DePew, who drew a walk two batters prior, in the sixth to round out her team’s scoring.  

Hiple finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate in addition to picking up an RBI. Sliger and McGuire each finished with two hits and an RBI as the trio accounted for seven of their team’s 11 hits.

Ariel Sheets racked up her fifth complete-game shutout in the nightcap by scattering six hits and giving up just one walk in her seven innings on the mound.

The Foresters spent the first three innings building a 2-0 advantage by way of a Bess Fiechter RBI-groundout in the second and a Hiple RBI-fielder’s choice in the third before putting the game out of reach in the sixth.

HU recorded four runs in the frame with Katelyn Shafer’s double igniting the scoring fury. Marty Harris knocked in the inning’s first run on a fielder’s choice, McGuire pounded out a double two batters later to drive in a pair of runs and then DePew singled in the game’s final run.

Huntington finished with nine hits to USF’s six. McGuire finished with two hits, scored twice and tallied just as many RBI to pace HU offensively. Shafer added a pair of hits.

The Foresters are back at home on Friday to host Bethel College 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.