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Grace takes two from HU softball

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Lancers of Grace College (17-16) claimed two roads wins, 6-4, 10-2, over the Huntington softball team Saturday afternoon to pull even with the Foresters at the No. 4 spot in the league standings as both teams now claim a 10-8 conference record.

These losses snap HU’s six-game win streak as they drop to 15-12-1 overall.

Both teams came up with two big offensive innings in the opener with the Lancers getting the better end of the deal. Grace cashed in on six of their 11 hits in their first at bat to plate five runs for the early advantage.

Coach Gower’s crew fired right back in the second to touch home four times to quickly erase the gap to a single run. Sabrina Bethel led off with a double down the left field line and made her way to third by way of a sacrifice bunt before cruising home on Ashley Brown’s double to the center field fence. After Lairen Miller and Natalie McGuire each singled with McGuire’s base poke knocking in Brown, Casey Lehman posted the Foresters’ third double of the frame to drive in runs three and four.

The Lancers made a pitching change just before Lehman’s two-bagger and their switch paid off as she gave up just one hit after that to close the deal on the win.

Miller took the loss for Huntington. She gave up 11 hits, six runs, five earned, and a walk while striking out one.

Errors plagued the Foresters in the nightcap as three of the Lancers’ first four runs were of the unearned variety. It proved disastrous for HU as they dug themselves in a hole and then the Lancers made sure they didn’t find their way out.

With momentum on their side, Grace jumped out to a 5-0 advantage before HU final got two back in the fourth, one by way of Audra Klopfenstein’s RBI-groundout and the second by Camille Furrow’s dinger that landed in the tennis courts.

But Grace didn’t wince at their hosts’ fourth-inning rally. Instead they answered by adding five more runs to their total to extend the lead to 10-2 in the top of the fifth. It was three up, three down for the Foresters in their half of the frame which kicked in the eight-run mercy rule to cut the contest short by two frames.  

Camille Furrow took the loss for HU, surrendering seven hits, nine runs, only five of which were earned, and two walks while striking out one.

The Lancers outhit HU 8-2 and took advantage of five Foresters errors to make for the lopsided victory.

Huntington will look to bounce back on Monday when they host the University of 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 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.