Softball edged in HCAC pair at Bluffton

Hanover College’s softball squad dropped a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games against Bluffton University (Ohio), Saturday, April 7, in Bluffton, Ohio.

Bluffton opened the two-game set with a 4-1 win. The Beavers pulled away for a 5-3 victory in the second contest.

In the first game, sophomore pitcher Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) held Bluffton to just four hits, but the Beavers managed a lethal combination.

Bluffton snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth inning for the final margin. The Beavers used a walk, two-out double and two-run homer to seal the win.

Bluffton grabbed a one-run lead in the second inning on lead-off solo homer by Emily Manahan.

Hanover evened the score with a run in the top of the fourth. Senior outfielder Blakli Nading (North Vernon, Ind.) tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out base hit by senior first baseman Megan Priest (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Cochran (3-9) worked all six innings for the Panthers. She walked two and had a pair of strikeouts.

Seven different players had hits for Hanover, which totaled nine in the contest. The squad, however, left nine runners on base.

Senior second baseman Lauren Kreinest (Harrison, Ohio) led the offense with three hits in four at-bats.

Hanover at Bluffton (Ohio) game one statistics

Bluffton broke a 3-3 tie with one run in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to pull away for the 5-3 victory in the second contest.

Freshman outfielder Kalene Schmidt (Delaware, Ohio) singled to lead off the game and later scored on a two-out single from sophomore outfielder Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.).

The Beavers (16-12; 4-2 HCAC) bounced back with three runs in the second inning to surge ahead 3-1.

Kreinest belted a two-run homer in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3. The dinger was her conference-leading sixth of the season.

Bluffton used four hits to plate one run in the bottom of the fourth to creep ahead, 4-3. The Beavers followed with a run in the fifth for the final tally.

Schmidt had three base hits at the plate for the Panthers (7-21; 0-8 HCAC), which totaled six in the contest.

Freshman hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio), 4-11 this season, allowed just seven hits through six innings in the circle. She gave up just one earned run, walked two and posted three strikeouts.

Hanover at Bluffton (Ohio) game two statistics