Fretz fires shutout as HU sweeps SAU

Jada Crofoot (left), a sophomore on the Huntington University softball team, smacks the ball during the first of two games against visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, April 16. The Foresters won the game, 8-7, and the one that followed, 4-0.
Jada Crofoot (left), a sophomore on the Huntington University softball team, smacks the ball during the first of two games against visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, April 16. The Foresters won the game, 8-7, and the one that followed, 4-0. Photo by Steve Clark.

Meghan Fretz returned to the circle and threw a five-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader to help the Huntington University softball team sweep visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, April 16.

Kiera Stacy scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to help HU win the opener, 8-7, then Fretz pitched her gem in the nightcap for a 4-0 HU win.

Fretz, not in action over the weekend, struck out three and walked two to handcuff the Cougars.

Jada Crofoot smacked a home run for all the support Fretz needed. Crofoot, Stacy and Paige Eichelberger all finished with two hits for Coach Doug Gower’s squad.

In the opener, Stacy, who had given HU a 7-5 lead with a two-run homer in the fifth inning, opened the seventh inning with a single up the middle and made it to third on singles by Eichelberger and Denaia Rice. She then scored on the wild pitch.

Stacy finished with four hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

Eichelberger also had four hits, and Rice, Crofoot and Joelle Beals each had two as HU erupted for 16 in the contest.

MacKyndsea Burke got the win in the circle, throwing all seven innings and giving up six earned runs on nine hits, with one strikeout and three walks.

HU is now 13-23 on the season, 9-17 in Crossroads League play. Spring Arbor is 14-25, 7-20 in conference.