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April 12, 2018 Sports News

The Forester softball team came up with one of the most impressive wins in program history Tuesday afternoon by eight-run ruling No. 2 Marian University on the road, 8-0, in the nightcap of their twin bill with the Knights. The loss snapped MU’s 20-game win streak and brought an end to their perfect run in the league.

The last time the Knights (26-2, 17-1) were mercy ruled dates back to 2015 when they suffered an 8-0 loss to Ashford University. You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time a league school handed the CL powerhouse a five-inning loss.

The Foresters wasted no time clamoring in front of their hosts. They cashed in on five of their ten hits in their first at bat to touch home five times for a lead that wouldn’t be challenged. Marian, ranked second nationally in field percentage, opened up the contest with a rare error that Joelle Beals took full advantage of to land on first.

Casey Lehman kept things going with an infield single after which Meghan Fretz’s fielder’s choice resulted in the bases loaded. Then began a string of RBI hits. Paige Eichelberger knocked in the first run with the inning’s second infield single. Abby Keaffaber found a hole in left field to drive in run number two.

Audra Klopfenstein, inserted back in the line-up after missing 21 games, came up with a clutch run-scoring base poke to the other side of the field after which Kennedy Krull cranked out a double to drive in the final two runs of the frame.

Grace Lumpkin took the brunt of HU’s quick 5-0 start. The junior hurler, who entered the day ranked 10th nationally in total runs allowed with 12, was tagged with the loss having given up all five runs, four of which were earned, before making her exit with just one out in the frame.

Freshman Meghan Fretz, on the other hand, was sensational in the circle for the Foresters. She went the distance to scatter five hits and issue just one walk while striking out one for the complete-game shutout. Not only was she dialed in, but so were here teammates who were perfect in the field to back her up.

Huntington’s bats came alive again in the fifth. Fretz and Eichelberger opened up the frame with back-to-back singles and two batters later, Klopfenstein hammered out another RBI-single, this time to the tune of two runs. Karley Blankenship then set in motion the mercy rule with a run-scoring groundout that extended the lead to eight.

Marian’s last chance at the plate was short-lived as Fretz worked three straight groundouts to secure the biggest win of her young career.

Klopfenstein paced Gower’s squad with two hits and three RBI. Eichelberger collected two hits and an RBI while Lehman also finished with a pair of hits.

Game one was a pitchers’ duel that featured last year’s league pitcher of the year Breena Smith and newcomer of the year Lairen Miller. It came down to the wire with Miller eventually conceding the 2-1 loss.

Smith gave up two hits in HU’s first three trips to the plate and then surrendered a run on a Keaffaber sacrifice fly. Huntington would coddle their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when Mackenzie Reeder matched Keaffaber’s sac fly with one of her own for the 1-1 stalemate.

It looked the game would head to extra innings as Smith sat down Huntington’s first three batters in the seventh and Miller was on her way to doing the same before the game took a drastic turn much to the chagrin of Gower and crew.

Down to their last out with empty bases, Marian pieced together three consecutive base smacks which included the game-winning dagger – a walk-off single by Issy Hoyt.

Marian finished with ten hits to Huntington’s four, two of which came at the bat of Lehman.

Huntington (15-12, 10-7) is back in action on Friday to host Bethel at 3:00 p.m.

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20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: David E. Alexander

Our very own, Dr. John Noble will deliver the annual Faculty Forester Lecture on April 24th. Don’t miss it! Chapel Credit is available. Here are the details: Lecturer: Dr. John Noble, Assistant Professor of Bible and Religion, Huntington University Title: “Hagar: A Paradigm of Retribution and Redemption for the Alien.” …

Senior Showcase – This Saturday

19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Saturday, April 21. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and more!

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

18 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

Don’t miss the Theatre Department’s Senior Showcase this Saturday, April 21 at 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Admission is FREE!!! Come support our graduating seniors as we celebrate their work over the years.


Campus Update

20 Apr 2018

The Spring Board of Trustees will take place on April 19 – 20 in different locations on campus. Dr. Emberton will provide an update to the campus community on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Hiner Hall. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this session.

HU calendar events

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Margaret Pasko

If you can’t remember the date of events on campus, you can always check the HU calendar at www.huntington.edu/events.

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

What are you doing Saturday night? 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Program will last about 50 minutes, followed by a reception for our seniors in the MCA lobby Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR …


Expressions of Thanks

27 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Greg Smitley

Thank you for the flowers, cards, personal visits, thoughts and prayers for our family over the loss of my beloved father, Charles Smitley Your generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness have been a great encouragement. “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing…” Prov. 10:7

Princess and Superhero Academy

1 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Melanie Park

If you know a child who would love to be a princess or superhero for an afternoon, be sure to check out this fund raiser being sponsored by the Viking Volume show choir at Huntington North High School. See the flyer for more details including information for online registration.

Thanks for Your Expressions of Sympathy

18 Dec 2017 | Posted By: Karen Jones

I was sincerely blessed by the flowers, cards, and personal messages shared by the Huntington family after the loss of my father. Your actions reminded me of the importance of community and friendship during times of grief and crisis. Thank you for your expressions of love and sympathy.

Sports News


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team is adding a very special player to its roster by “adopting” two-year old cancer patient Teddy Nix as part of the national Friends of Jaclyn program. Teddy will be signing his HU Letter of Intent on Thursday, April 26, at 5:45PM at Forest Glen Park. The …


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team split its twin bill with the Cougars of Spring Arbor (17-21, 11-15) Thursday afternoon at Cougar Field. After suffering a 6-3 loss in the opener, the Foresters bounced back with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Gower’s crew split with SAU at home as well to …


19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team opened up its regular season series with #RV Taylor University (32-10, 12-5) Wednesday afternoon at Forest Glen with a 9-1 loss to the Trojans. The Foresters have struggled a bit as of late having lost four of its last six contests. Frame’s crew got off to …