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Miller, Lehman and Klopfenstein honored by league

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Crossroads League announced its 2017 softball awards and among the list of honorees is a pair of freshmen in Lairen Miller and Casey Lehman and junior Audra Klopfenstein.

Miller tops the list for the Foresters having received All-Conference honors in addition to being named the Newcomer of the Year. The rookie pitcher was thrown into the fire this year and wasted little time acclimating.

The Goshen native (Fairfield HS) has accumulated 16 regular season wins to date and boasts a 2.30 ERA while holding opponents to a .293 batting average. Miller has pitched 158 innings, striking out 62 batters while giving up 187 hits and a mere 16 walks. She currently has the second most wins in league play with 15 and ranks second among her conference counterparts in innings pitched (158) and walks allowed per game (.71).

Miller has also made a name for herself at the plate where she claims a .369 batting average and has posted 24 hits, four for extra bases, and nine RBI.  

Joining Miller on the All-Conference team is classmate Casey Lehman.

Lehman (New Palestine, Ind., New Palestine HS) currently carries a team-best .417 batting average and has slugged out a team-leading 60 hits, which includes 18 doubles, three triples and two dingers, to rank 6th and 5th among her league peers. The rookie catcher also leads the team in total bases with 90 (2nd in the league), slugging percentage at .625 (4th in the league) and RBI with 34 (8th in the league).

Behind the plate defensively, Lehman boasts a .989 fielding percentage and has thrown out 13 base-runners.

Junior Audra Klopfenstein (Archbold, Ohio, Pettisville HS) earned her second consecutive Honorable Mention All-Conference badge. The speedster leads the Foresters in steals with 19 for the 7th spot in the league standings in addition to topping HU in runs scored with 38.

Klopfenstein ranks second on the team in hits (52) and slugging percentage (.457). She tops the league, along with Lehman, in triples and sits 9th in runs scored and 12th in hits per game (1.13).

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.