Hanover College’s softball team posted two wins against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill, Sunday, April 14, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Sophomore hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) recorded victories in both contests. Hanover posted a 3-0 win in the first game and rallied in the sixth inning for a 3-2 triumph in the second contest.
In the opener, Kemmerer (7-4) allowed just one hit to lead the Panthers to the shutout. Through seven innings, she gave up only a lead-off single in the second inning and two walks, but also had five strikeouts.
Sophomore shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) provided the game-winning hit with a first-inning homer. The two-run shot was the first of her career and gave the Panthers an early 2-0 lead.
Freshman centerfielder Paige Starling (Mooresville, Ind.) added an insurance run in the second.
Starling hit a two-out single and stole second. She later scored on a base hit by sophomore third baseman Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.).
Sophomore pitcher Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) allowed only one run through five and two-thirds innings to keep Hanover alive in the second game.
The Panthers managed only three hits and trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth inning. Rose-Hulman (10-20; 2-8 HCAC) had runners reach third base in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but were thwarted each time by Davidson and Hanover’s defense.
Trailing 1-0, the Panthers (11-13; 6-4 HCAC) posted five hits and three runs in the sixth inning to eventually snatch the victory.
Murphy and Merrick each singled to right field in the sixth. Kemmerer slapped a single to right to score Murphy with the tying run. Freshman catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) followed with a base hit up the middle to push Merrick across the plate with the game-winning run.
Junior pinch runner Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.), who ran for Kemmerer, later scored from third on a passed ball to nudge Hanover's lead to 3-1.
Kemmerer, who relieved Davidson with two outs in the sixth, secured the Panthers’ fourth doubleheader sweep of the season with one and one-third innings of one-run relief.
Kemmerer and sophomore rightfielder Chelsie Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.) had two hits apiece for Hanover, which finished with eight in the contest.
Published Sunday, April 14, 2013