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March 20, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington baseball team kicked off league play with an 8-4 road win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University (11-8, 0-1) Monday afternoon at Cougar Field.

Knotted up 2-2 after seven, the Foresters exploded for four runs in the eighth to surge ahead in convincing fashion. The visitors kept their foot on the accelerator to plate two more runs in the ninth on the way to outscoring their hosts by four in the final two frames for the resounding win.

After a productive first at bat that landed HU a pair of early runs by way of a two-run single by Adrian Perez, setup by a hit batter and two walks, Huntington’s sticks were good for just two hits over the next six innings. Meanwhile, MVNU methodically chipped away at the lead with a run in the third and another in the seventh to draw things even at twos.

Donovan Clark finally sparked the Foresters when he beat out a throw for an infield single to open the eighth. Daniel Lichty crushed a double down the left field line after which Tyler Zimske found a hole in shallow center to drive in Clark for the go ahead at 3-2.

After Jamar Weaver advanced both runners on a sac bunt and Perez was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jake Hansen made the Cougars pay by doubling in all three of his teammates for a 6-2 advantage.

While Mount Vernon would find home twice more, Jamar Weaver covered that with a two-run single in the ninth to make for the four-run difference by game’s end.

Weaver finished with a hit and two RBI as did Perez. Hansen collected three RBI with his double in the eighth. Lichty went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three times while Clark added two hits and also touched home thrice. When all was said and done, HU registered ten hits on the day to Mount Vernon’s 13.

Mason Shinabery spent the first 6.1 innings on the hill to give up nine hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out six for the no decision. Alex McCutcheon earned the win with his 1.1 innings of relief during which he surrendered one hit, a run and four walks while striking out one.

Tarrin Beachy wrapped things up on the mound for Frame and crew to claim the save. In the last 1.1 innings, the senior hurler gave up three hits and one run while striking out two.

HU (3-12, 1-0) hits the road again tomorrow to face Saint Francis at 3:00 p.m.

SOFTBALL

March 20, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington softball team outlasted #RV Taylor University 1-0 in Monday’s opener before the Trojans (7-5, 1-3) sought revenge with a 5-2 decision for the series split at Gudakunst Field.

Game one was a pitchers’ duel with HU ace Lairen Miller besting Taylor pitcher Lauren Kanai. Miller limited the Trojans to just two hits while striking out two for her team’s second straight shutout. The sophomore hurler went the distance which included five three and out frames.

The game’s only run came in the top of the third. Kennedy Krull was the first piece of the puzzle when she singled to shallow center. Marty Harris drew a walk and then both baserunners found themselves in scoring position after a Joelle Beals’ sacrifice bunt. Sophia Beachy’s sac fly allowed Kennedy to tag up for what proved the game-winning play.

Huntington posted four hits with Kennedy going 2-for-3 at the plate.

In the nightcap, the Trojans jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second, added a fourth run in the third and then spent the rest of the afternoon warding off the Foresters to cruise to their first league win.

As HU’s right fielder in the second game, Miller got creative in plating her team’s first run in the top of the fourth. She opened up the frame with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a Trojan throwing error, stole third and then snuck home while Krull, who reached base on the abovementioned error, swiped second.

The Foresters cut the lead in half with another run in the fifth, this time by way of Paige Eichelberger’s RBI-single, to close to the gap to 4-2 but the Trojans fired right back by touching home in the bottom of the frame for a 5-2 tilt that stood.

Down to their last out, Gower’s crew rallied with back-to-back singles but Darby Shaw struck out what represented the tying run to pick up the save in her one inning of relief. The inning saw two runners left on base for HU and it was all-too-common for the visitors as they left ten stranded for the contest.

Both teams finished with seven hits and two errors. Meghan Fretz was charged with the loss for Huntington. She tossed the first four frames to give up six hits, four runs, three earned, and three walks while striking out two. Courtney Moriarty, the first of three TU pitchers to take the circle, picked up the win.

Eichelberger posted two hits and an RBI to pace Huntington offensively.

The Foresters (6-6, 5-1) are back in action for their home opener against Indiana Tech on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

This Week in HU Sports

March 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on This Week in HU Sports Posted By: Athletics

HOME:
Thurs. Mar. 22 – Softball vs Indiana Tech @ 3:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 24 – Baseball vs Grace College @ 1:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 24 – Softball vs Spring Arbor University @ 1:00 PM

AWAY:
Mon. Mar. 19 – Baseball @ Mt. Vernon Nazarene Univ. (OH) @ 2:00 PM
Tues. Mar. 20 – Baseball @ University of Saint Francis @ 3:00 PM
Tues. Mar. 20 – Softball @ Taylor University @ 4:00 PM
Fri.-Sat. Mar 23-24 – M&W Golf @ Taylor Univ. Purgatory Intercollegiate, Purgatory GC, Noblesville, IN @ 12PM/9AM
Sat. Mar. 24 – Track @ Indiana Wesleyan University @ 11AM

Go Foresters!!

2018 Plex Spring Break Hours

March 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on 2018 Plex Spring Break Hours Posted By: Athletics

Friday March 23: 6am – 6pm
Saturday March 24: 8am – 6pm
Sunday March 25: Closed
Monday March 26: 8am – 6pm
Tuesday March 27: 8am – 6pm
Wednesday March 28: 8am – 6pm
Thursday March 29: 8am – 6pm
Friday March 30: 8am – 6pm
Saturday March 31: 8am – 6pm
Sunday April 1: Closed Easter
Monday April 2: 8am – 6pm Easter Break (no classes)
Tuesday April 3: 6am – 10pm Regular Hours Resume

HU Basketball Camp Set for June 18-21

March 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on HU Basketball Camp Set for June 18-21 Posted By: Athletics

The Huntington University men’s basketball team will host their 16th annual summer basketball camp June 18-21, 2018, at the Merillat Complex Platt Arena. Cost to attend camp is $75. Register and pay by June 1 and take $10 off! HU faculty/staff kids and grandkids will receive an additional $10 off! Total cost for HU kids and grandkids who register for camp by June 1 is only $55!
K-9th graders (boys and girls) are welcome to attend.

Registration forms for the camp are available at the Huntington University Athletic Office or campers can register online. If you have any questions, contact the athletic office at 260.359.4212.

SOFTBALL

March 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team upped its win streak over Bethel College (1-9, 0-2) to 16 straight with two dubs, 2-1, 11-0, Saturday afternoon at Gardner Field. Huntington remains perfect in league play having beaten Goshen twice yesterday as they improve to 5-5 overall, 4-0 in Crossroads League action.

Runs in the opener were few and far between. Huntington posted nine hits, six for extra bases, and used up four in the top of the second to plate both their runs. Karley Blankenship logged HU’s first hit, a two-bagger to left, after which Kennedy Krull followed suit, except to the opposite side of the field, to drive in Blankenship.

Krull then made her way to third by way of Marty Harris’ infield single and came around to score on Mallory West’s base poke to left for a 2-0 advantage after two. Mackenzie Orphanidis got one back for the Pilots in the fourth by blasting her second pitch over the center field fence for an otherwise dormant BC offense.

Aside from Orphanidis’ dinger, the Bethel managed just two hits. Only two baserunners ever made it past first base with HU’s pitching and solid defense to blame.

Lairen Miller spent the entire contest on the hill where she scattered three hits and a run for the complete-game win. She struck out seven and didn’t hand out any free passes while her teammates backed her up with error-free defense.

West and Blankenship each finished 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Foresters offensively.

Gower’s crew found their swing in the nightcap by erupting for 11 runs while keeping the Pilots off the board for their first shutout of the season in a game cut short by two frames.

Pitching was again on point for the Foresters with Meghan Fretz picking up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. She tossed the first three frames and gave up just one hit and four walks while striking out one after which West offered two innings of hitless scoreless relief.

Huntington opened up a 4-0 lead after two frames and then blew open the game in the third by batting around to the tune of six runs to set in motion the mercy rule after five. After three straight singles, Paige Eichelberger added a fourth to knock in the frame’s first run.

With bases still loaded, Ashley Brown earned an RBI by drawing a walk. Krull did too with a run-scoring single to second after which Sophia Beachy knocked in two with a shot to left. Casey Lehman wrapped things up with an RBI-ground out for the final run of the inning.

It was Lehman’s second RBI of the day with her first coming in the opening frame when she doubled in her team’s first run but Beachy was the big winner. In addition to her two-run single in the third, the rookie centerfielder ripped a triple in the second to collect two more RBI bringing her total to four on two hits.

HU hammered out 13 hits with four other Foresters, Joelle Beals, Keaffaber, Blankenship and Eichelberger, logging multiple hits.

The Foresters were again error-free in game two with the only blunder of the series committed by Bethel in the second. It came at a cost as it resulted in the day’s only unearned run.

HU will look to extend its four-game win streak to six on Tuesday when they road trip to #RV Taylor.

SOFTBALL

March 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Fitting for a crisp autumn day, the Forester softball team raked over the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (8-13, 0-2) at Ingold Athletic Complex Friday afternoon for a pair of wins, 5-4, 5-2, to open up league play. With these wins, HU improves to 3-5 overall, 2-0 in CL action.

Both teams wasted little time in game one producing runs in a first inning that resembled more of a chess match than a softball game. HU scored twice in their opening at bat but the Maple Leafs countered right back with a pair of runs of their own.

The Foresters logged three straight singles with the third base poke, Paige Eichelberger’s single up the middle, driving in the game’s first run. Abby Keaffaber picked up the second RBI of the frame with a groundout to short for the early 2-0 lead but it vanished in the blink of an eye as Goshen smacked two out of the park in their half of the frame for the 2-2 deadlock.

Casey Lehman doubled in Marty Harris who had singled just prior to reclaim the lead at 3-2 in the second. The bats went quiet after that until the seventh when the chess match resumed with both teams scoring a pair of runs.

The frame had a similar feel for Gower and crew but this time it was a pair of back-to-back doubles, the first by Karley Blankenship and the second by Kennedy Krull, that resulted in the first run of the inning. A sacrifice fly by Lehman two batters later drove in Krull for a comfortable 5-2 advantage heading to the bottom of seventh and Goshen’s last shot at a heroic finish.

While GC claimed just one hit, they took advantage of two HU errors to touch home twice before Lairen Miller worked her eighth strike out of the afternoon for the final out to short-change the Maple Leafs’ comeback.

Miller went the distance to give up six hits, four runs and two walks while striking out eight for W.

Lehman finished with a hit and two RBI to pace Huntington offensively. Six other Foresters each logged a hit for a well-balanced attack.

In the nightcap, the Foresters peppered the Maple Leaf defense with six doubles at the bat of Joelle Beals, Ashley Brown (2), Eichelberger (2) and Sophia Beachy.

Down 2-0 after three innings, Gower’s crew received a much-needed boost in the top of the fourth. Eichelberger opened the frame with a single, Everhart reached on a walk after which Brown’s double to center drove in Eichelberger for the Foresters’ first run of the game. Krull then knotted things up at 2-2 with an RBI-ground out to second.

After solid defense and controlled pitching from both sides resulted in a fifth inning stalemate, the Foresters got their sticks going again in the top of the sixth with a one-out single from Blankenship.

Everhart followed with a successful sac bunt pushing Blankenship to second to setup another Brown RBI-double, this time down the left field line, to give the visitors their first lead of the contest.

The Maple Leafs went three and out in their half of the frame bringing up the top of the Forester lineup in the seventh.

Lehman popped out to second to start the inning but was quickly followed by a Beals’ infield single. Beals advanced to third on a Beachy ground out bringing up the heart of Huntington’s lineup with two outs setting the tone for a traditional Forester rally.

An error by the Goshen squad allowed Beals to score and Meghan Fretz to reach base. A screaming double from the bat of Eichelberger found space in right center allowing pinch runner Reed Jahnke to score. Eichelberger was caught stealing for the third out but a two-run seventh inning pushed the Forester lead to 5-2.

Down to their last at bat, the Maple Leafs had their work cut out for them but Fretz, who went the distance in the circle, made sure nothing transpired. After coaxing Courtney Crapser to fly out to left-center for out number one, Fretz struck out the next batter before the rookie hurler cleanly fielded a ground ball right back at her to seal the win.

Fretz gave up just five hits, two runs and three walks while striking out three for the complete-game win. Eichelberger claimed three of HU’s nine hits to go along with an RBI to pace her team at the plate. Brown finished with a pair of hits and RBI while Beals also collected two base pokes.

HU is back on the road tomorrow to face Bethel College at 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

March 16, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Huntington University senior Mike Bush is one of the nation’s top players as recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) earlier today. Bush was an Honorable Mention selection this season as one of eight Crossroads League players to earn All American honors.

A Third Team pick last year, Bush led the nation in assists for the second straight year with his 8.5 assist per game average. The 5-7 point guard also tossed in 17.6 points, grabbed 2.7 rebounds and swiped a team-best 1.0 steals per night in his final campaign.

The South Bend native (John Adams HS) wrapped up the year with two additional national rankings which included finishing 38th in total scoring (562) and 43rd in assist/turnover ratio (2.3).

Bush concludes his time in green and white as a member of the HU’s 1,000-point club having scored 1,050 points in his two years at Huntington. He also piled up 590 career assists. His name will go down in the Forester record books for most assists in a game (18) and most assists in a season (317).

BOWLING

March 15, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BOWLING Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

College bowling’s post-season play was in full swing this past weekend with four sectional tournaments held around the country to determine the 16 teams to compete for the Helmer Cup in Lincoln, NE.

Both Forester teams were in action at the Smyrna (TN) site but were not able to finish high enough to move on to the Intercollegiate Championship tournament. The tournament format was a grueling 64 baker games bowled over two days on a very demanding shot.

“We had some pretty high expectations coming into this tournament, but our inexperience got the best of us at times,” said Coach Shockey. “We all learned quite a bit this weekend and will be more willing to play all the necessary angles to score.”

The HU women finished the weekend 12th out of the 16-team field. Huntington bowled a total score of 11,146 for a 174 per game average. They enjoyed their best block of games on Sunday morning by scoring 2,886 for 16 games (180 average/game).

“The team started Saturday morning slow and we found ourselves playing catch up the rest of the weekend,” said Shockey. “After the Saturday morning block, we did pretty well at maintaining our position, but never really found the strings of strikes needed to catch the top four teams.”

The Forester men claimed 11th out of 16 teams with a total score of 11,866 for a 185 per game average. They had their best block of games on Saturday afternoon with a 16-game total of 3,104 (194 game average).

“Like the ladies, the men struggled right at the start and were never able to make and sustain any kind of momentum to move up in the standings,” noted Shockey.

Shockey’s crew will wrap up the season with the NAIA Team Championships to be held at Plaza Lanes in Hammond, Ind. March 29-April 1.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

March 14, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2017-18 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes and among the list are HU seniors Trevor Lockwood (Lafayette, IN, McCutcheon HS) and Kyle Platt (Huntington, IN, Huntington North HS) and juniors Mason Coverstone (Columbia City, IN, Columbia City HS) and Luke Reust (Markle, IN, Huntington North HS).

The Forester crew is four of 176 NAIA Division II men’s basketball student-athletes named to the list. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

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FORESTER LECTURE! April 24th

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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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**SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HU BASEBALL**

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 …

SOFTBALL

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 …

BASEBALL

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 …