Hanover College’s softball squad split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Sunday, April 22, in Terre Haute, Ind.
Rose-Hulman came from behind for a 7-5 victory in the first game. Hanover countered with a 6-4 win in the second contest.
In the opener, Hanover led 5-3 before Rose-Hulman rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to notch the 7-5 triumph.
Senior second baseman Lauren Kreinest (Harrison, Ohio) had three of Hanover’s seven hits, including her team-leading seventh home run of the season. She also knocked in three runs.
Freshman shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) had two hits and scored one run.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) tossed five and two-thirds innings. Cochran (4-10) allowed seven hits and seven runs. She walked one and racked up a career-high five strikeouts.
Merrick singled and Kreinest followed with a two-run homer to give Hanover a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Rose-Hulman scored once in the bottom half of the inning to cut the margin in half, then plated two runs in the third inning to grab a 3-2 lead.
The Panthers surged ahead 5-3 with three runs in the top of the fourth. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases with two outs. Merrick reached on an outfield error while driving two runs across the plate. Kreinest added a run-scoring single.
The Engineers battled back with four hits and four runs in the sixth inning to snatch the victory.
Hanover led from wire-to-wire in the squad’s 6-4 win in the second contest.
The Panthers totaled 13 hits, with Merrick, sophomore outfielder Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshmen outfielders Kalene Schmidt (Delaware, Ohio) and Chelsie Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.) each collecting two hits.
Merrick and Schmidt scored two runs apiece. Nuhring also scored a run, while Overton doubled, scored once and had one run-batted-in.
Freshman Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) pitched a complete game for Hanover (9-23; 2-10 HCAC). Davidson (5-12) scattered seven hits and four runs, with two walks and a season-best five strikeouts.
Hanover led 2-0 after batting in the third inning. Schmidt led off the game with a base hit and eventually scored on Kreinest’s sacrifice fly to centerfield. Merrick opened the third inning with a single and scored on a grounder to the left side of the infield by senior first baseman Megan Priest (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Rose-Hulman (13-25; 6-8 HCAC) scored in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Panthers answered with a run in the fourth. Nuhring singled and later scored from third base on a wild pitch to bump the margin to 3-1.
Hanover put together five hits and scored three times in the sixth inning. Kreinest and Priest knocked in runs with base hits and Overton had a run-scoring double to thrust the Panthers into a 6-1 lead.
Rose-Hulman made a charge in the bottom of the sixth. The Engineers used a single, double and two-run homer to creep within 6-4 heading into the final inning.
Hanover put two runners on base in the seventh, but could not plate a run.
Davidson did not allow a ball out of the infield in a scoreless seventh to nail down the victory.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2012