Hanover College’s softball team used a sixth-inning rally in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a split with Manchester University. The Panthers and Spartans tangled in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill, Sunday, April 7, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Manchester held off Hanover for a 6-4 win in the first contest. The Panthers scored twice in the sixth inning to earn a 6-5 victory in the second game.
Manchester (13-9; 5-3 HCAC) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth on the nightcap.
In that frame, sophomore designated hitter Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) hit a game-tying single to score freshman outfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.). Freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) followed with a two-out single to bring sophomore third baseman Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.) across the plate with the winning run.
Kemmerer pitched the seventh inning to earn her second save of the season. Manchester moved a runner to third base with just one out, but Kemmerer forced a shallow pop fly and an infield grounder to end the threat and seal the victory.
Sophomore pitcher Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) worked the first six innings to post the win. Davidson (2-5) gave up just six hits and two earned runs.
Wilson and Kemmerer combined for five hits to spark the Panthers' 10-hit effort at the plate. Wilson was 3-for-4 with two runs-batted-in and one scored, while Kemmerer was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Manchester sprinted to a 5-0 lead after three innings in the opener. Hanover, limited to just four hits in the game, scored three times in the fourth to cut the margin to 5-3. Both teams added a run in the sixth for the final tally.
Wilson jacked a three-run homer to provide the Panthers’ three runs in the fourth inning. The dinger was her team-leading fourth of the season.
Freshman first baseman Allison Arnold (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had a run-scoring single in the sixth inning.
Kemmerer (5-3) tossed a seven-inning complete game for the Panthers (9-11; 4-2 HCAC). She allowed only five hits with five walks and eight strikeouts.
Published Sunday, April 7, 2013