Hanover College’s softball team notched a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference wins with the sweep of a doubleheader at Franklin College. The twinbill was played Tuesday, April 2, in Franklin, Ind.
Hanover, which has won seven of its last eight outings, blanked Franklin, 5-0, in the first game. The Panthers grabbed the second contest, 8-3.
Sophomore righty Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) posted her second career shutout with a complete-game three-hitter in the opener. Kemmerer fanned three though seven innings while raising her record to 5-2 this season.
Hanover snapped a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the sixth.
Sophomore third baseman Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.) hit a one-out triple and scored on Kemmerer's sacrifice fly to center. Sophomore second baseman Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) added a run-scoring double and sophomore leftfielder Chelsea Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.) knocked in a run with an infield grounder.
The Panthers sealed the triumph with two runs in the seventh inning.
Kemmerer pushed one across the plate with a base hit and freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) roped a run-scoring single to right field for the final tally.
Murphy and Wilson each had two hits for Hanover, which totaled nine hits in the contest.
Hanover’s offense cranked out 12 hits in the 8-3 win in the second game. Murphy and Nuhring had three hits apiece, while Kemmerer had two hits and four runs-batted-in to spark the Panthers.
Franklin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Panthers cut the deficit in half in the third inning as Nuhring singled and later scored on a base hit by Murphy.
Hanover (8-10; 3-1 HCAC) bolted into a 4-2 lead with three runs in the fifth.
Kemmerer hit a grounder which, following two infield errors, allowed two runs to score. She later crossed the plate on a Wilson roller to the right side of the infield.
The Panthers added four runs in the top of the seventh inning to lock up the victory. Kemmerer fueled the outburst with her first collegiate homer, a two-run shot to extend Hanover’s lead to 6-2.
Sophomore Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned her first win of the season with a complete game in the circle. Davidson (1-5) scattered seven hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Published Tuesday, April 2, 2013