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Foresters sweep Goshen for 4th spot in league standings

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester softball team wrapped up their regular season series with the Maple Leafs of Goshen College on Saturday afternoon with a pair of wins, 3-1, 3-0, over their visitors. HU finished a perfect 4-0 over GC (9-25, 6-22) having picked up two Ws back on March 28.

Coach Gower’s crew has won seven of their last eight games.

Goshen’s only highlight came in the first inning of game one when they plated what proved to be their only run of the day. Their lead would hold until the third when Casey Lehman singled into shallow left-center, HU’s third hit of the frame, to knock in a pair of runs to quickly turn the tides for a 2-1 Huntington advantage.  

The Foresters would add an insurance run in the fourth when Karley Blankenship tripled in Lairen Miller, who reached base on a Maple Leaf missed catch - their second error of the game, to make for the 3-1 final.

Goshen outhit HU 10-6 and left eight runners stranded to HU’s five. Blankenship finished with two hits which included her RBI-triple, her second of the year, to pace the Foresters.

Camille Furrow earned the win in the circle. She went the distance to give up ten hits and one run while striking out one.

Lairen Miller tossed a complete-game shutout, HU’s third of the season, in the nightcap. The rookie hurler scattered four hits and logged one strikeout to effectively shut down the Maple Leafs’ offense.

Huntington got on the board early for a 2-0 lead. After Natalie McGuire and Audra Klopfenstein reached on a single and bunt respectively in the first, both made their way around the bases by way of a Goshen dropped fly.  

Klopfenstein scored again in the third after logging her second hit of the contest when Blankenship, four batters later, drew a walk with bases loaded for an easy trip home.

McGuire also logged a pair of hits for the Foresters while it was Miller’s hit to right field that was dropped so she was credited with two RBI.

With six regular season conference games remaining, the Foresters (23-16-1, 18-12) are currently sitting in fourth in the league standings. Next up for Coach Gower and crew is a trip to Saint Francis on Tuesday.

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.