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Seven is a lucky number for Forester softball

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Seven was a lucky number for the Huntington softball team Saturday afternoon as they scored seven runs in both games for a pair of wins, 7-2, 7-0, over the Pilots of Bethel College. The Foresters have won four straight to improve to 13-10-1 overall, 8-6 in conference play.

HU scored in all but two frames, taking a lead in their opening at bat on the way to a 4-0 advantage before Hunter Brummett’s two-run dinger in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead in half at 4-2. Huntington was undaunted as they went right back to work in the sixth to get one back before scoring twice in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Four different Foresters tallied a run-scoring hit with Natalie McGuire topping Coach Gower’s crew with two RBI-base pokes including one for extra bases. Lairen Miller finished with two hits, one of which was an RBI-triple in the second, while Joelle Beals and Camille Furrow also added two hits apiece and an RBI.

Furrow also took to the mound where she went the distance for the win, giving up five hits, two runs and three walks while striking out four.

Miller had pitching duties in the nightcap and tossed a dandy. She surrendered just four hits while striking out five for the shutout, Huntington’s first of the year.

Offensively the Foresters hammered out 12 hits for seven runs with Marty Harris’ three-run dinger in the first highlighting the contest. She would go on to pick up a fourth RBI in the third on a sacrifice bunt.

HU’s final three runs came in the top of the sixth, the first on McGuire’s bunt for a base hit and the final two on Audra Klopfenstein’s double to left-center two batters later.

Huntington is back in action on Tuesday to host Spring Arbor 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.