HU softball team sweeps Bethel

The Huntington University softball team recorded a sweep of visiting Bethel College on Friday, April 13.
The Foresters’ pair of wins came in drastically different fashions. Coach Doug Gower’s squad posted an 8-0 victory in the first game, which ended via the mercy rule after six innings. Contrastingly, in the second contest, Huntington trailed until the final inning, when it plated a trio of runners to take the game, 3-2.

With the pair of triumphs, the Foresters improve to 17-12, 12-7 in Crossroads League play.

In the opening tilt, Huntington scored once in the second and third innings before tallying four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth while shutting Bethel out to end the game prematurely.

The Foresters banged out 12 hits for the contest. Freshman Sophia Beachy accounted for four of those base pokes, one of which plated a runner, and crossed home plate twice. Sophomore Joelle Beals logged three hits and scored a pair of runs. Freshman Paige Eichelberger produced two hits and as many runs batted in while coming around to score twice. Freshman Mallory West contributed a hit and two RBI to the Huntington cause.

All the offense production benefitted pitcher Lairen Miller. The sophomore scattered six hits across six scoreless innings to notch her 10th victory against just three defeats. She recorded four strikeouts while issuing no walks.

In the second game, the Foresters’ seventh-inning comeback started when West clobbered a lead-off double. After a walk by Eichelberger, freshman Kennedy Krull, sophomore Karley Blankenship and Beachy registered three consecutive RBI singles to seize victory.

Huntington logged nine hits for the game, with Beachy and Blankenship accounting for two apiece.

Meghan Fretz picked up the win in the circle for the Foresters. The freshman, 6-2, limited the Pilots to two hits and as many runs, only one of which was earned, in seven frames. She fanned three and issued only one walk.

With the losses, Bethel slides to 3-27, 2-20 in league action.