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HU softball suffers pair of losses to Taylor

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UPLAND, Ind. – Up against one of the hottest teams in the league, the Forester softball team suffered two losses, 10-4, 5-3, to the Trojans of Taylor University (13-10, 5-3) Saturday afternoon at Gudakunst Field. TU has strung together five straight conference wins which includes a sweep over #RV IWU yesterday.

Taylor never trailed in game one as they were able to rely on a pair of homers to the tune of five runs for a commanding 7-1 advantage after their first five at bats. HU’s lone run during that stretch came in the third when Casey Lehman singled in Amber Klopfenstein who had doubled to left-center two batters prior.

The Foresters scored twice more in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Lairen Miller and RBI-groundout by Sabrina Bethel to close the gap to four at 7-3. But the Trojans answered with a two-out rally in their half of the frame by logging three straight hits after a dropped fly to score three unearned runs. HU would go on to plate one more run in their last at bat but it was too little too late.

Camille Furrow drove in HU’s seventh-inning run with a single to left to finish with two hits and an RBI. Lehman also posted two hits and an RBI as together they accounted for four of their team’s seven hits.

Furrow took the loss for HU. In six innings on the mound, she gave up 12 hits, ten runs, seven of which were earned, and two walks while striking out two.

More Taylor homeruns haunted the Foresters in the nightcap. The Trojans blasted three shots over the fence to account for four runs in the second half of the contest to mount an impressive come-from-behind win.

Both teams finished with eight hits with Coach Gower’s crew cashing in on five of theirs in their first at bat to enjoy an early 3-0 lead. After back-to-back singles by Audra Klopfenstein and Lehman, Furrow cranked one out of the park for a three-run dinger. The Foresters would go on to strand two runners in the first and left six more stranded after that as their offense sputtered the rest of the way.

It was just the opposite for the hosts as they managed a mere two hits through the first three frames before hitting a homer in each of the next three frames on the way to their heroic comeback.

Furrow finished with two hits which including her third four-bagger of the year. Bethel was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate while three other Foresters each picked up a hit.

Miller was charged with the loss, giving up eight hits and five runs, four of which were earned, while striking out three.

The Foresters (9-10-1, 4-6) are back at home on Tuesday to host Goshen College 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.