Skutt named to first team to highlight softball's all-conference honors

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2018 all-league teams Wednesday afternoon, with Hanover receiving a total of four awards.

Senior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the lone Panther to receive first team honors, as she finishes her collegiate career a three-time first team all-HCAC selection. Skutt was second in the HCAC for both overall and conference batting average this season with marks of .464 and .443, respectively. The senior's overall average was also 57th in NCAA Division III.

Skutt's senior season was highlighted by a program-record 18-game hitting streak, spanning games played from March 1 to April 21. In fact, the senior logged at least one hit in 32 of her 35 games played this spring. Skutt also finished among the team leaders in runs (26), RBI (24) and doubles (12).

Also earning her third all-HCAC honor was junior Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.). With her award Wednesday, Griffin has now been tabbed to the second team for the second straight year. Griffin led the Hanover pitching staff with a 3.19 earned run average and struck out 145 batters over 127.1 innings of work. The junior's strikeout total was second-best in the HCAC and 36th nationally. Griffin's campaign was highlighted by her strong start, as her 4-1 record and 2.21 ERA during the team's annual season-opening Winter Break Trip garnered her HCAC Pitcher of the Week accolades.

A pair of freshmen in Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) picked up the other two conference honors for Hanover. Smith was named to the honorable mention team while Beurman was the Panther selection for the conference's all-sportsmanship squad.

In her debut season with the Blue and Red, Smith posted a .319 batting average and led the team with 29 runs scored. She also stole four bases to tie for second on the team. Beurman was HC's best pitcher, statistically, down the stretch as she finished with a 3.24 ERA. Over her final month, Beurman went 5-4 with a 2.82 ERA, while striking out 45 in 57.0 innings to earn Hanover's Female Athlete of the Month award for April.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Cori Collinsworth, the Panthers produced a 19-17 overall record, including a 7-9 mark in HCAC play. Collinsworth became the first coach in program history to finish her inaugural season with the Blue and Red with an overall winning percentage above .500. Hanover has now logged winning records in three of the last four seasons and have been at least .500 in each of the past five campaigns.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu