Marian pitching shuts out HU women twice

The Huntington University softball team couldn’t crack the Marian University pitching staff and suffered a pair of shutout losses, 3-0 and 7-0, on Saturday, March 18, at Marian.

The Foresters, 5-6-1, were limited to seven hits in the doubleheader, which was their Crossroads League season-opener.

Of those hits, only one came in the opening tilt, which saw the Knights’ Breena Smith show why she earned a share of the league’s top pitching accolade last season with Huntington graduate Emily Puterbaugh. The sophomore hurler fanned seven in as many innings while issuing just two walks. She improves to 6-0 on the year.

Smith’s bid for a no-hitter was spoiled by Forester freshman Ashley Brown, who singled in the fifth.

Marian banged out 12 hits in support of its ace. Riley Cripe accounted for three of those base pokes while Vanessa Lay, Sam Pash and Mackenzie Reeder batted in the team’s runs.

The Knights, 13-1, 4-0 in league play, scored once in the second before adding a pair of insurance tallies in the fifth.

Camille Furrow took the loss for the Huntington. The freshman, 4-2, yielded the dozen hits and three earned runs in six innings.

In the second contest, Marian starter Grace Lumpkin permitted only five base pokes through the game’s first six frames before reliever Courtney Best yielded a hit in the seventh.

Through the first four innings, Lumpkin had received only a single run of support. The Knights, however, made up for that lack of offense with a six-run fifth that put the game out of reach and made a winner of Lumpkin.

Reeder logged three runs batted in for Marian while Hannah Williams supplied two and Pash registered one. Lanie Horen led the team with three hits and two runs scored.

The Knights did their damage against the Foresters’ Lairen Miller. The freshman pitcher surrendered 11 base pokes and the seven runs, six of which were earned, in six frames to fall to 1-4.

Freshmen Karley Blankenship and Amber Klopfenstein paced Huntington with two hits apiece.