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HU softball picks up win on opening day

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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The #RV HU softball team kicked off their season Tuesday afternoon in impressive fashion by enjoying a 3-2 win over Manchester University in the opener before settling for a 1-1 tie in the nightcap in a game cut short due to darkness.

Freshman Camille Furrow played anything like a rookie in her collegiate debut on the mound. After holding the Spartans scoreless through the first five frames, Furrow gave up two runs in the sixth before going an extra inning to outlast MU for the win.

The Waterloo native gave up eight hits and didn’t issue any walks while striking out four in her eight innings in the circle to pick up the win.

Marty Harris fueled Huntington’s offense with a pair of hits and just as many RBI. With two outs and a runner on second in the sixth, Harris drilled a shot into center for an RBI-double and then came around to score on Sabrina Bethel’s single to left.

Unfortunately HU’s 2-0 lead was fleeting as Manchester countered with two runs of their own in their half of the frame.

With things still knotted up 2-2 after the seventh, the international tiebreaker rule was put into effect placing a runner on second base. Audra Klopfenstein took second for HU to start the eighth and after advancing to third on a wild pitch, she scampered home on Harris’ second RBI of the day, this time a single to third, for what proved to be the game-winner as senior Natalie McGuire made three defensive stops for the final three outs to secure the win.

The nightcap was a five-inning affair that ended in a 1-1 stalemate. Coach Gower’s crew struck first in the fourth when Furrow drove in Klopfenstein who had singled earlier in the frame for a 1-0 advantage. The Spartans answered in the fifth before the game was called because of darkness.

Furrow’s RBI-single and Klopfenstein’s base poke were two of the Foresters’ three hits with Casey Lehman picking up the third.

Freshman Lairen Miller was issued the tie as she pitched five innings and gave up six hits and one run while striking out one. Like Furrow, she didn’t give up any base on balls.

The Foresters (1-0-1) don’t play again until March 12 when they head to Arizona for spring break.  

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.