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Foresters struggle at the plate to suffer pair of losses to IWU

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MARION, Ind. – Runs were scarce for the HU softball team Tuesday night at Wildcat Field as they suffered a pair of losses to Indiana Wesleyan, 3-0, 2-1, to drop to 16-14-1 overall, 11-10 in league play.

Both teams managed just six hits apiece in game one but it was the Wildcats who made the most of their opportunities by scoring all of their runs in the third. They hammered out two of their hits and took advantage of a Forester error, wild pitch and three walks to touch home three times.

The Foresters left seven runners stranded with just three advancing beyond first base.

Camille Furrow took the loss for HU, giving up four hits, three runs, two of which were earned, and two walks in 2.1 innings of work.

While Coach Gower’s crew posted just two hits in the nightcap, both by Natalie McGuire, they managed to stay within striking distance despite giving up 11 hits to IWU.

The Wildcats scored once in the third and again in the fifth for a 2-0 advantage before HU finally struck in the sixth when McGuire led off with a single up the middle and then eventually came around to score on a wild throw. Unfortunately it was Huntington’s only offense of the day as the IWU pitching staff retired the last five Foresters they faced to cruise to the win.

Lairen Miller was charged with the loss. The rookie hurler gave up ten hits for two runs while striking out three in five innings.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Foresters as next up they host top-seeded Marian University on Friday at 1:00 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.