Hanover College’s softball team earned its eighth doubleheader split of the season after capturing the first game of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Hanover scored in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Rose-Hulman, 4-3, in the first game. The Engineers shut out the Panthers, 2-0, in the second contest.
Sophomore designated hitter Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) hit a one-out single to center field to score sophomore second baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) from second base with the game-winning run in the opener.
Junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) became only the fourth pitcher in Hanover history to record 12 wins in a season. Kemmerer, now 12-2, racked up 12 strikeouts in a complete-game effort. She allowed seven hits and one earned run with six walks.
Wilson had three of the Panthers’ seven hits. Freshman centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) singled, walked twice, had two stolen bases and scored a run.
Ritchey walked, swiped second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a base hit by junior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) to get Hanover on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Down 2-1, the Panthers forced extra innings with a run in the sixth inning. Wilson singled to lead off the frame. Freshman Michaela Corbin (Kendallville, Ind.), inserted as a pinch runner for Wilson, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Kemmerer's single into the gap in left-center field.
Both squads plated a run in the eighth inning.
Merrick started the inning on second base and moved to third on a sacrifice. She scored on a fly ball into center by senior third baseman Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.) to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
Rose-Hulman countered in its half of the stanza, using a one-out, run-scoring double to tie the game.
Hanover forced the ninth inning when Ritchey gunned down a potential winning run at the plate to end the eighth.
Rose-Hulman limited the Panthers to only four hits in the twinbill’s second game. The Engineers (12-8; 6-4 HCAC) scored a one run in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to post the win.
Ritchey, who has reached base in 10 consecutive games, singled and also walked. Kemmerer, Corbin and freshman rightfielder Alex Combs (Greenwood, Ind.) also had base hits for the Panthers (15-13; 4-4 HCAC).
Junior hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) limited Rose-Hulman to just six hits. Davidson (2-6) gave up just one earned run, walked four and had a strikeout through six innings in the circle.
Published Sunday, April 13, 2014