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Seniors lead the way in two wins over Bethel

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It only seemed fitting that a pair of seniors would toss back-to-back wins on the Foresters’ Senior Day as Coach Gower’s crew posted 4-1, 1-0 victories over Bethel College Friday afternoon.

Emily Puterbaugh picked up the first win by giving up just two hits and one run while striking out 13 of the 23 batters she faced. It marked her 18th win against just four losses. She currently ranks 12th in the NAIA in earned run average (1.100) and is holding opponents to a .185 batting average.

The Pilots’ only run came in the fifth on a double steal. It knotted thing up at 1-1 as Bess Fiechter knocked in HU’s first run in the bottom of the second.

The Foresters wasted little time answering Bethel’s only run of the day as the hosts plated two runs in their half of the fifth. Three consecutive bunts landed runners on second and third with one out. It set the stage for senior Katie DePew to clobber a double to left-center to drive in both runs to put HU back on top 3-1. Sabrina Pickford added an insurance run in the next frame with an RBI-single to left.

DePew, with her two-run double, along with fellow senior Emily O’Leary, who finished with a pair of hits and scored twice, paced Huntington at the plate. Fiechter also added two hits, scored and drove in a run.

Ariel Sheets tallied her second straight shutout in the nightcap to improve to 13-7 on the year. She has five complete-game shutouts and ranks 18th nationally in walks allowed per nine (.85). To date, she has given up just 16 walks.

Both teams logged five hits in the contest with HU piecing together two base pokes in the fifth to post the game’s only run. After back-to-back singles by Katelyn Shafer and Sabrina Pickford, Lacy Deitrick, pinch running for Shafer, stole third and then scampered home on a passed ball for what proved to be the game-winner.

Audra Klopfenstein registered two hits while DePew, Shafer and Pickford each picked up a single.

With this sweep, the Foresters establish a new program record for wins in a season with 32. HU is 32-14 overall, 25-9 in league play. With two regular season games remaining, Huntington is second in the conference standings.

The Foresters travel to Spring Arbor Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader with the Cougars at 1:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.