Hanover College’s softball squad raised its winning streak to four games with a sweep of a twinight doubleheader against Spalding University (Ky.) The twinbill was played Thursday, March 28, in Louisville, Ky.
Hanover, now 5-9 this season, outlasted Spalding, 8-6, in the opener. The Panthers grabbed an early lead and posted an 11-4 triumph in the nightcap.
Hanover's four-game winning streak is the program’s longest since a five-game string from March 16-22 during the 2003 campaign. The victories also mark the Panthers' first back-to-back doubleheader sweeps since knocking off Bluffton University (Ohio) and Franklin College in April of that same season.
In the opener, Hanover snapped a 5-5 tie with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to secure the 8-6 win.
Freshman second baseman Sarah Richey (Henryville, Ind.) doubled to lead off the Panthers’ eighth and scored the go-ahead run on an infield grounder by freshman leftfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.).
Sophomore shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) was hit by a pitch and sophomore third baseman Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.) reached on an error. Sophomore pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) followed with a two-out double to push Merrick and Murphy across the plate with two insurance runs.
Kemmerer picked up the win with three and two-thirds innings of relief. She gave up just one hit and a run with six strikeouts.
The Panthers finished the game with 13 hits, including six for extra bases.
Freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) led the attack with four hits, including two doubles. She also knocked in a pair of runs and scored once. Kemmerer was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-base hits, three RBI and one scored.
In the second game, Hanover jumped out to an 7-4 lead after just four innings and blew the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth.
The Panthers totaled a season-high 14 hits in the contest.
Murphy had three hits to lead the effort at the plate, including a double and two triples. She also posted a career-high five runs-batted-in and scored three times.
Burke, Merrick, Kemmerer and Wilson tallied two hits apiece. Kemmerer led the foursome with three RBI, while Merrick scored a career-best four runs.
Junior hurler Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) recorded the victory with three innings in the circle. Cochran (1-3) surrendered six hits and four runs.
Kemmerer allowed one hit through the final four innings in relief.
Published Thursday, March 28, 2013