Softball's second day in Florida highlighted by comeback win over Alma

Tori Luster

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Hanover College softball team continued play in Florida Monday, as a 6-4, come-from-behind win over Alma (Mich.) highlighted Day Two of the Winter Break trip.

In the opener, the Panthers (2-2) trailed the Scots (1-3) 4-0 through 2.5 innings of play. Hanover though, scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to close the gap to just one run at 4-3.

Senior Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) drove in the first Panther run with a sacrifice fly in the third. Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) followed with a single, which drove in two additional runs.

Beurman also pitched all seven innings for HC, allowing the four runs on seven hits, while striking out six. To go along with her two hits and two RBI at the plate, the sophomore conceded just two hits over the final four innings in the circle.

The Blue and Red were able to tie the game at four-all in the fourth as sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) drove in a run with a base hit of her own. Junior Jennah Ruddick (McCordsville, Ind.) led off the frame with a single and eventually crossed home plate on Smith's hit.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Panthers captured their first lead of the contest in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) led off the rally with a single and advanced to second on an error by the Scots' pitcher. Two lineouts followed though, leaving Cox on second base with two outs.

In the next at-bat, junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.) notched one of her three hits in the game to score Cox. Edington's key single was followed by a double from senior Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.), whose second hit of the contest scored Edington and gave HC an insurance run heading into the final frame.

Looking to close out its second win of the season, Hanover conceded a one-out walk in the seventh. Beurman though, bounced back as a lineout to second turned into a double play to end the game.

The Blue and Red were not able to cherish the victory long though, as they were slated to face Neumann (Pa.) directly following the comeback win. The Knights (4-0) rattled off all nine of their hits and runs in the final three innings to defeat HC, 9-0. Neumann took advantage of four-run frames in the third and fifth innings in the win.

Hanover was held to just four hits in the second half of the twinbill, all from different players. Edington added one hit, making her four-for-six on the day, as she improved her season batting average to .615 through four outings. Freshman Kiley Shedron (Cloverdale, Ind.) and sophomore Tori Snook (Seymour, Ind.) each picked up their first hits in the Blue and Red during the nightcap.

The Panthers will now have a day off before returning to action Wednesday, Feb. 27. Hanover is set to face Saint Mary's (Minn.) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

Contact: Tyler Jester