Hanover College’s softball team slipped to 4-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference after a pair of losses at Transylvania University (Ky.). The teams met in a league twinbill, Tuesday, April 9, in Lexington, Ky.
Hanover carried a lead into the last inning of the first game before falling, 3-2. Transylvania jumped out to an early lead and claimed the second contest, 8-4.
Sophomore hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) allowed just five hits in the opener, but Transylvania was able to string together three of the hits in the bottom of the seventh to rally for the win.
Kemmerer belted a two-run double to left-center to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Transylvania scored once in the bottom half of the inning to cut Hanover's cushion to 2-1. Kemmerer then held the Pioneers hitless until the final inning.
In the seventh, Kemmerer (5-4) followed a one-out double with her sixth strikeout of the game to get Hanover one out from victory. Transylvania, however, managed a double to left field to plate the game-tying run and followed with a base hit to left to snatch the win.
Kemmerer and freshman leftfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) combined for four of the Panthers’ six hits. Sophomore shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) had a double.
In the second game, Transylvania (9-17; 7-3 HCAC) built a 6-0 lead after two innings and led 8-1 heading into the seventh. The Panthers tallied three runs in the last inning for the final margin.
Kemmerer knocked in a run with a base hit to right field in the fourth inning.
Freshman centerfielder Paige Starling (Mooresville, Ind.) smacked a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the seventh. Burke then pushed Starling across the plate with a base hit to right.
Sophomore pitcher Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) worked four innings for the Panthers. Davidson (2-6) gave up six hits and six earned runs.
Junior Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) tossed the final two innings, allowing three hits and two runs.
Merrick and Starling had two hits apiece. Hanover (9-13; 4-4 HCAC) totaled eight hits in the contest.
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013