Hanover College’s softball squad was swept by Wilmington College (Ohio) in a doubleheader Saturday, March 16, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Wilmington posted a 7-0 victory in the first game and rallied for a 7-6 win in the nightcap.
The Quakers grabbed a 3-0 lead after two innings, but were held in check by sophomore hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) until the final frame. With two outs in the seventh inning, Wilmington used back-to-back home runs to push four runs across the plate for the final margin.
Kemmerer (1-2) surrendered seven hits through seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Hanover had just two hits in the outing. Kemmerer singled in the second inning and sophomore outfielder Chelsie Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.) added a lead-off single in the third.
Hanover led 5-2 after five innings in the second contest. Wilmington eased within 5-3 with one run in the sixth inning and added four in the top of the seventh to bolt into a 7-5 lead.
The Panthers (1-9) pulled within 7-6 with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) singled to lead off the stanza and eventually scored on a fly ball to right field off the bat of sophomore first baseman Breann Truelove (Loogootee, Ind.).
Hanover had two runners on base but could not plate an equalizing run.
The teams combined for 22 hits in the game. Wilson and sophomore shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) collected three hits apiece and also each scored twice to lead Hanover’s 10-hit attack.
Wilson had two doubles and Merrick also added a two-base hit.
Junior pitcher Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) was pegged with the loss after allowing three hits while relieving in the seventh inning, including a two-run homer.
Sophomore Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) worked the first six innings in the circle for the Panthers. She gave up nine hits and six runs.
Published Saturday, March 16, 2013