Hanover College’s softball team dropped two non-conference games against Spalding University (Ky.), Thursday, April 25, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover, making its final home appearance of the season, lost the first game, 1-0, then fell, 8-7, in eight innings in the second contest.
A one-out solo homer to left field proved to be the difference in Spalding’s 1-0 win in the opener.
The teams combined for just nine hits and each left seven runners on base. Hanover had four hits, with freshman centerfielder Paige Starling (Mooresville, Ind.) notching two base hits.
The Panthers put runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings, but could not push a tying run across the plate.
Sophomore hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) allowed just five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Hanover (12-18) led 5-2 after six innings in the second contest before Spalding used three home runs to rally for an 8-7 victory in extra innings.
Freshman third baseman Allison Arnold (Fort Wayne, Ind.) cracked a two-run single up the middle to get the Panthers on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Sophomore catcher Breann Truelove (Loogootee, Ind.) belted her first collegiate homer in the bottom of the third to nudge the lead to 3-0.
Sophomore shortstop Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.) punched a base hit into left field to score a run in the fourth inning to give Hanover a 4-0 cushion.
Spalding (17-17) scored a run in the fifth and used a solo homer in the sixth inning to creep within 4-2.
Hanover stretched the margin to 5-2 with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior rightfielder Angie Fleck (Huntingburg, Ind.) cracked a lead-off double into the gap in left-centerfield. She later scored on a double down the left-field line by freshman leftfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.).
The Golden Eagles countered in the top of the seventh inning, using a pair of two-out, two-run homers to bolt into a 6-5 lead.
Hanover forced extra innings with one run in the bottom half of the inning.
Freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) hit a two-out, pinch-hit double, moved to third on an infield error and eventually scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Spalding claimed an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning with a two-out, two-run home run to center field.
Hanover battled, putting two runners on base, but could only score once for the final margin. Fleck, who started the inning on second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on sacrifice fly to right field by Burke.
Burke and Fleck finished with two hits apiece for the Panthers, which totaled eight in the contest.
Burke was 2-for-3 with two runs-batted-in and one scored. She also reached base on a walk. Fleck was 2-for-4 and scored three times.
Kemmerer (8-7) was pegged with the loss after two and one-third innings of relief. She gave up five hits and six runs.
Junior Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) pitched the first five and two-thirds innings. She allowed nine hits and two runs.
Published Thursday, April 25, 2013