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HU softball team knocks off No. 4 Marian in twinbill split
Sunday, April 16, 2017 11:46 AM
The Huntington University softball team posted its biggest win of the season, knocking off No. 4 Marian University, 6-5, on Friday, April 14, at Huntington.
Coming in the second game of a doubleheader, the Foresters’ victory snapped a 23-game winning streak for the Knights and was their first defeat in Crossroads League play this season.
With the triumph, Huntington improves to 17-15-1, with a 12-11 mark in conference. Before the big W, the Foresters dropped the first game of the twinbill, 6-1.
In the second contest, Marian, 30-2, 21-1 in conference, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Huntington pushed three runs across in the third to craft a 3-1 advantage. Freshman Karley Blankenship kicked off the frame with a single, then advanced to second on a groundout by sophomore Marty Harris and third on a single by junior Audra Klopfenstein. Blankenship came home on a one-bagger by freshman Casey Lehman. After Klopfenstein and Lehman set up shop on third and second base, respectively, on swipes, a single by freshman Lairen Miller brought home Klopfenstein and moved Lehman over to third. Two batters later, it was Lehman’s turn to cross home plate, doing so on a one-bagger by sophomore Sabrina Bethel.
The lead turned out to be short-lived, as the Knights scored twice in the fourth to deadlock the game at 3-3. The visitors then plated two runners in the sixth to go back on top, 5-3.
The Foresters, though, didn’t get rattled and rallied in their half of the sixth. Freshman Amber Klopfenstein started things off with a single and advanced to third on a one-bagger by freshman Joelle Beals. A hit by Karley Blankenship enabled Klopfenstein to score and Beals to take third. The sequence saw Blankenship make it to first on a fielder’s choice and advance to second on a throw. A groundout by Harris knotted up the game, bringing home Beals and moving the go-ahead runner, Blankenship, to third. Audra Klopfenstein then gave Huntington the lead for good, smacking a single to shallow right that plated Blankenship.
Miller, who relieved the Foresters’ starting pitcher, Camille Furrow, with one out to go in the sixth, set the Knights down in order in the seventh to ice the win.
Perfect in her 1.1 frames of work, Miller picked up the victory, pulling even on the season at 8-8.
Furrow tossed 5.2 innings for Huntington, permitting eight hits and five runs, three of which were earned. The freshman fanned one and issued no walks.
The Foresters banged out nine hits in support of their hurlers. Audra Klopfenstein highlighted that effort with her two singles and one run batted in.
Grace Lumpkin took the loss for Marian, surrendering nine hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings.
Logan Personett paced the Knights’ offense with two hits and as many RBI.