Hanover College’s softball squad blanked Transylvania University (Ky.) in the opener, but the teams split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader in Madison, Ind.
Hanover held on for a 1-0 victory in the first game behind a complete-game four-hitter by junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.). Transylvania countered with a 10-3 triumph in the nightcap.
The teams combined for just seven hits in the opener. Kemmerer, now 10-2 this season, scattered three base hits and a double. She walked three and tallied nine strikeouts.
Hanover, limited to just three hits, scored the game’s sole run in the first inning.
Freshman centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) walked, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.). Junior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) followed with a base hit to centerfield to plate the eventual winning run.
Kemmerer surrendered two hits in the second inning and a pair in the fourth. She allowed a base runner in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh frames, but secured the Panthers' victory by not giving up a hit.
Transylvania (8-18; 204 HCAC) raced to a 4-0 lead early in the second contest. Hanover closed the gap to 4-2 after four innings, but the Pioneers scored four times in the fifth inning and added two more runs in the seventh to pull away.
Ritchey, junior rightfielder Chelsea Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.) and freshman first baseman Mattie Varvel (Fillmore, Ind.) each had two hits as the Panthers totaled eight in the game.
Varvel singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. She later scored on Burke’s base hit up the middle.
Sophomore catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) walked to start the fourth inning. She advanced to third on a Nuhring single and scored when Varvel poked a ball into right field.
Ritchey scored a run in the seventh for the final margin. She singled, swiped second base and scored on an outfielder error.
Junior Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) suffered the loss after four and one-third innings in the circle. Davidson (2-5) gave up eight hits and eight runs, but only three of the runs were earned.
Hanover (13-11; 3-3 HCAC) committed five errors in the field.
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014