Conference play continues for softball this week

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team will look to get back on track with a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheaders this week.

The Panthers (10-12, 0-4 HCAC) will open their weekly slate with a twin bill at Rose-Hulman, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. Hanover is also now scheduled to host Anderson for two games at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 15.

SKUTT STREAKING: Senior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been an offensive terror of late, recording a hit in each of the last 15 games. During the stretch, Skutt has had multiple hits in eight games and has a .520 batting average since the beginning of March.

On the season, the senior leads the team and is fourth in the HCAC in batting average, .465. Skutt has also tallied 17 RBI, 16 runs and 11 extra-base hits.

FRESHMEN FINDING SUCCES AT THE PLATE: Freshmen Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) have both gotten their collegiate careers off to strong starts at the plate. In 14 games this season, Cox has a .391 batting average and six runs scored, but the freshman is still searching for her first hit in HCAC play. Smith is tied for third on the team with senior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) in hitting, as both have a .338 average. Smith also leads the team and is among the top eight in the conference in runs scored, 21.

THE COMPETITION: Rose-Hulman will also enter Wednesday's doubleheader in search of its first conference win, currently at 0-4 in the league and 5-11 overall. The Fightin' Engineers, losers of eight straight, are 0-4 at home this season. Offensively, RHIT is batting .271 as a team and are scoring just over four runs per game.

Anderson has yet to open its conference slate yet and hoist a 7-11 overall mark this spring. The Ravens will face Bluffton and Manchester prior to trekking to Hanover this weekend. Offense has not been an issue for the Ravens this season, as they are averaging close to five runs per game, while logging a team batting average of .340. The struggles for Anderson this spring have come in the pitching circle, where they have a team earned run average of 9.25.

UP NEXT: Conference play for Hanover is scheduled to continue next weekend with a total of four road games at Manchester and Bluffton. The Panthers and Spartans are scheduled for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, Saturday, April 21, prior to Hanover's trip to Bluffton to face the Beavers at 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22.

Contact: Tyler Jester