HU splits SB doubleheader with Bethel

The Huntington University softball team split a doubleheader with host Bethel on Friday, April 18, winning the first game, 3-1, before dropping the second, 5-1.

The Foresters, 21-16 overall, 14-10 in the Crossroads League, trail the Pilots by two games in the loss column for second place in the conference. Bethel moves to 18-14, 14-8.

In the opener, Huntington hurler Emily Puterbaugh struck out six and held the hosts to five hits and one run in seven innings to pick up the win.

Coach Doug Gower's squad scored two runs in the first frame and added another in the fourth before the Pilots avoided a shutout with a solo tally in the sixth.

Senior Katie Knous and freshman Bess Fiechter each produced a hit with a run batted in. Sophomore Annie Weaver banged out two of the Foresters' seven hits and also scored a run.

Natalie Newell took the loss for Bethel, surrendering two hits and as many runs in one inning of work.

Huntington struck first in the nightcap with a solo home run by freshman Stephanie Osborn in the third inning. But that would prove to be all the offense the Foresters could generate against Newell, who again handled pitching duties, and struck out seven while limiting Huntington to four base pokes and the one run in seven frames to earn the victory.

The Pilots countered Osborn's round-tripper with a score in the bottom of the third and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Sophomore Ariel Sheets patrolled the circle for 4.1 frames for Huntington and allowed four hits and five runs to get the defeat.

Katie Claxon and Brookelyn Smith both homered to highlighted Bethel's offensive effort.