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HU softball cruises to 7-2 win over USF before nightcap called because of weather

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester softball team exploded for five runs in the fifth to break things wide open on the way to a 7-2 win in game one against the University of Saint Francis Friday afternoon before weather forced the nightcap to be cancelled after an hour of lightning delay.  

It was a comeback win for HU as the Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after their first at bat. While the visitors threatened again in the second by loading the bases with just one out, Coach Gower’s crew worked their way out of the pinch and then began their come-from-behind bid in their half of the frame.

After back-to-back USF errors landed runners on first and second, Karley Blankenship ripped a double to deep left-center to drive in both runners for a 2-2 stalemate.

Two quiet innings passed before HU’s bats got hot again. Casey Lehman and Audra Klopfenstein started things off with a pair of singles and then came around to score on Camille Furrow’s double down the left field line. Marty Harris then singled in Kaley Kitts, pinch running for Furrow, before rounding the bases on Lairen Miller’s two-bagger.

Blankenship logged Huntington’s sixth hit of the inning, another double, to drive in Miller for HU’s fifth run of frame and a 7-2 advantage that proved to be the game’s final score.

After giving up five hits through the first two innings, Furrow settled in to give up just two hits the rest of the way to record the win in the circle. Her stat line included giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out five without issuing a walk.

The Foresters finished with 11 hits. Lehman went 3-for-3 at the plate while Blankenship added two hits and three RBI.

HU improves to 16-12-1 overall, 11-8 in league play. Next up is a trip to Indiana Wesleyan tomorrow for a doubleheader with the Wildcats beginning at 4:30 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.