HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) extended her current hitting streak to 16 games, but the Hanover softball offense struggled in 4-0 and 6-2 losses to Transylvania (Ky.) Friday at Kops-Bedel Stadium.
Skutt finished with one hit in each game as she and classmate Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for four of Hanover's five total hits on the day. Senior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) drove in Skutt during the sixth inning of the second game with a double to right center and she later scored on a RBI groundout from freshman Ashley Swearingen (Clarksville, Ind.).
Unfortunately for the Panthers (10-12, 0-4 HCAC), the two runs in the sixth would be the only runs they could produce over 14 innings.
In the opener, Hanover saw its first nine batters retired, but a Skutt single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth erased the zero from the hit column. The senior then attempted to steal second and was gunned down, erasing any scoring opportunity.
Transylvania (18-4, 4-0 HCAC) used the defensive play to build offensive momentum, scoring three of its four runs in the top half of the next inning. Junior Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) kept the Pioneer offense at bay early and finished with a stat line of 7.0 innings pitched, eight hits and four earned runs allowed, while striking out four.
It was Hanover's pitcher in Game Two, freshman Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) that took a no-hitter into the fourth, but a double followed by a single put the Pioneers on the board and gave them a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers looked to answer right back as a pair of hit by pitches put runners on first and second before strikeout would end the frame. After a scoreless fifth, Transylvania, who was ranked in the top 15 of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 national poll, added five additional runs for a 6-0 advantage. Griffin would enter the circle as a reliever in the sixth, retiring six of the nine batters she faced.
With Saturday's doubleheader at Bluffton (Ohio) postponed due to potential incoming weather, the Panthers will be off until a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader at Rose-Hulman next Wednesday, April 11.
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