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Leafs Get Two Complete Games, Four Sherman Hits But Drop Pair
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Softball - Sun, Apr. 23, 2017

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Brooke Maes and Courtney Crapser combined to give the Goshen College softball team a 1-0 lead after an inning, but Huntington University scored the final six runs to sweep a Crossroads League doubleheader Saturday at the Forester Softball Field.

Crapser led off the game with a bunt base hit, moving around the bases 60 feet at a time on a fielder's choice and sacrifice bunt before scoring on a single through the left side.

The Maple Leafs (9-25, 6-22) posted hits in every inning, but left runners on base in six of the seven frames and were unable to score again off Forester hurler Camille Furrow. Crapser, Brianna Sherman and Candace Sutter led the team with two hits each.

Goshen pitcher Alexis Carpenter held Huntington (23-16-1, 18-12) hitless through two innings before the Foresters took the lead in the third. Lairen Miller and Karley Blankenship started the inning with singles before scoring on a Casey Lehman hit before two groundouts and a strikeout ended the inning.

Blankenship tripled home an unearned insurance run an inning later to give the Foresters a 3-1 lead. Almost immediately, Goshen brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the fifth after two hits started the inning, but Furrow would induce two groundouts and a fielder's choice to end the frame.

Each starter went the distance without a walk: Carpenter gave up six hits on 98 pitches and Furrow 10 on 74.

It was Huntington's turn to score early in the second game, as two runs scored on a two-out fielding error to put the hosts up 2-0 after an inning. A bases-loaded walk extended the lead to 3-0 after three innings, and starter Lairen Miller required no more help from her offense in a 60-pitch complete-game four-hitter.

Sherman went a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate to pace Goshen, which posted hits in four innings. Natalie McGuire and Audra Klopfenstein each singled twice for HU, with Klopfenstein also scoring two of the three runs.

All 11 hits in the nightcap were singles, as was every hit save one in the opener. Brooke Maes allowed seven hits and one earned run in six innings for the Maple Leafs in the circle.

The wins, coupled with an Indiana Wesleyan sweep of Grace, moved Huntington into sole possession of fourth place in the conference. All five doubleheaders in the CL on Saturday finished in sweeps.

Goshen enters the season's final week two games behind Mount Vernon Nazarene for the eighth and final conference tournament berth: the Cougars have four games left to Goshen's six and visit Spring Arbor for a doubleheader on Monday.

The Maple Leafs return home for a doubleheader Tuesday against Indiana Wesleyan. First pitch has been moved from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in deference to final exam schedules.