HU softball squad bangs out 20 hits in big win

The Huntington University softball team banged out 20 hits to rout Mayville State, 17-2, on Tuesday, March 18, in the Tucson Invitational Games in Tucson, AZ.

The Foresters, 5-6, were led by freshman Caylan DeLucia, who produced three hits and a team-high five runs batted in.

DeLucia plated three of those runs in the top of the first inning to help give Huntington a commanding 6-0 lead out of the gate. The Foresters' first pair of runs came courtesy of Comet miscues, with Katie DePew scoring off a bobble by catcher Jamie Scott and Cristin Carter crossing home thanks to an error by second baseman Megan Cole. Bess Fiechter kept the runs coming for Coach Doug Gower's squad, singling home Katie Knous before DeLucia cleared the bases with a single to center, plating Emily O'Leary, Natalie McGuire and Fiechter.

Huntington put another four runs on the board in the second inning to balloon its advantage to 10-0. Mayville responded in its half of the frame with a pair of runs that would prove to be its only scores of the contest.

The Foresters added another run in the third, five more in the fourth and tacked on one in the fifth before the game was called.

O'Leary, a sohomore, and senior Lindsey Shellabarger supplemented DeLucia's day at the plate by knocking in three runs apiece on two hits and a hit, respectively. McGuire, a freshman, plated two while sophomore DePew and junior Carter each matched DeLucia's hit total with three. Carter and Fiechter both scored a team-high three runs.

Freshman Lea Buckenmyer threw four innings for Huntington, yielding eight hits and two earned runs with a strikeout to pick up the win. Sophomore Kaylin Yon pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Mayville's Felicia Gonzales surrendered eight hits and 10 runs - seven earned - while walking three in 1.2 innings of work to take the loss. Katrina Newman didn't fare any better in relief, getting dinged for 12 hits and seven earned runs in 3.1 innings.

At the plate, Gonzales banged out two hits to account for the Comets' pair of runs.