Hanover College’s softball squad was swept by the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Tuesday, April 23, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover, clinging to a potential berth in the HCAC’s post-season tournament, lost the opener, 4-3, in nine innings. Mount St. Joseph rolled to a 10-3 win in the nightcap.
Hanover led 2-0 after five innings in the first game before Mount St. Joseph scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game and force extra innings.
Both teams plated a run in the eighth inning to knot the contest at 3-3.
The Lions used two hits in the ninth to surge ahead, 4-3, then held the Panthers in the bottom of the inning to snap an 11-game losing streak.
Sophomore third baseman Abby Murphy (Richmond, Ind.) had three of Hanover’s seven hits and scored one run. Sophomore pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) knocked in two runs with a first-inning single and a grounder to the shortstop in the third inning.
Freshman leftfielder Lyndsea Burke( Modoc, Ind.) scored two runs, including the tying run in the eighth inning.
Kemmerer (8-5) pitched nine innings for the Panthers, allowing 12 hits and two earned runs. She had eight strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
Hanover led 2-1 after three innings in the second game before Mount St. Joseph (6-22; 3-9 HCAC) scored five runs in the fourth inning and four in the sixth to lock up the sweep.
The Panthers (12-16; 7-7 HCAC) were limited to just four hits in the contest.
Murphy had two of the hits. She knocked in a run with a bunt single in the first and later scored in the inning on a single through the left side of the infield by Kemmerer.
Sophomore hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) worked five and two-thirds innings in the circle. Davidson (2-8) scattered 12 hits and gave up 10 runs. She walked one and had three strikeouts.
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2013