GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It was night and day for the Forester softball team on day two of the 2014 NAIA National Championship Opening Round at Davenport University’s Farmers Complex.
After scoring ten runs to give 4th-ranked Olivet Nazarene University a run for their money Monday afternoon, Huntington’s offense went belly-up against 19th-ranked William Woods University (MO) Tuesday afternoon on their way to a 9-1 loss in six innings.
The loss knocks HU out of the tourney with a final overall record of 31-23.
HU managed just three hits on the day with their only run coming by way of an Owl error. After Natalie McGuire drew a base on balls to open the third and worked her way to third via a sacrifice bunt and groundout, the freshman snuck home on a misplaced grounder by shortstop Shelby LeCuru to pull her team even with WWU 1-1.
William Woods, the home team on the scoreboard, took over after that by scoring runs in each of the last three innings with the sixth proving to be their most explosive frame. Up 4-1 heading into the sixth, the Owls pounded out four hits and took advantage of HU’s only error to touch home five times and cut the game an inning short by way of the eight-run rule.
The Owls finished with 13 hits, nine of those against starting pitcher Emily Puterbaugh who took the loss for HU. In five innings in the circle, the sophomore hurler gave up four runs and three walks while striking out two.
Bess Fiechter, Katie Knous and Cristin Carter each collected a hit in the losing effort.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.