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Gower logs 300th career win, Lehman hits for the cycle

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - With a pair of road wins over Spring Arbor, 15-2, 4-1, Saturday afternoon, Huntington University softball coach Doug Gower reached a significant milestone in his coaching career by earning his 300th career win. Gower is in his 13th year as HU’s skipper.

The Huntington alum has amassed a record of 300-264-2. He has guided the Foresters to nine consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins. His resume also includes the program’s only two trips to NAIA Nationals and he boasts the program’s most wins in a season with last year’s 37 victories.

Freshman Casey Lehman stole the show in game one by hitting for the cycle. She blasted her first pitch over the left-field fence in the top of the first to start HU’s scoring extravaganza. Her double came in the second on a shot up the middle. She would go on to knock in run in the third with a single into a gap in right-center and topped off her historic outing by tripling in three runs in the fourth.

Lehman wasn’t the only one who had hot sticks as six other Foresters logged multiple hits to make for HU’s most explosive offensive performance of the year with 18 hits for 15 runs. The 13-run difference is also their largest margin of victory on the season.

Lead-off Natalie McGuire cranked out three hits and two RBI. Audra Klopfenstein, Camille Furrow, Lairen Miller, Marty Harris and Karley Blankenship each pounded out two hits and posted at least one RBI to make for a well-balanced attack.

Huntington scored twice in the first inning and then exploded for six runs in the third and matched that again in the fourth for a 14-0 advantage before the Cougars finally scored in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams scored in the fifth to round out the scoring and make for the final lopsided affair that ended two frames short.

Miller tossed a gem. The freshman hurler surrendered just three hits for two runs, only one of which was earned, and a walk while striking out seven for the complete-game win.

Classmate Camille Furrow was equally impressive on the mound in the nightcap. She went the distance to give up just five hits, one run and a walk while fanning four for HU’s second win of the day.

Lehman picked up where she left off in game one to pace Huntington at the plate. The rookie catcher logged her second homer of the day – a solo shot in the fifth – on her way to tallying three hits, bringing her hit total to seven on the afternoon.

 While offensive wasn’t as free-flowing as the opener, HU took the lead when Lehman stole home on a double steal in the third and then upped their lead to 2-0 on Blankenship’s standup RBI-double in the fourth to establish an advantage that was never really in question.

SAU got one back in the bottom of the fourth but Lehman’s dinger in the fifth extended HU’s lead back to two and then Klopfenstein added an insurance run by stealing third and coming on home a wild throw later in the frame for the game’s final score.

With these wins, Coach Gower’s crew extends their win-streak to nine and locks in at the #4 spot in the final league standings. HU (29-16-1, 24-12) will face 5th-seeded Grace College on Wednesday at noon in the opening round of the conference tournament hosted by top-seeded Marian University.
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.