Softball set for southern trip to Spalding

Carlie Roark

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team continues its 2019 slate with a doubleheader at Spalding (Ky.) Friday, March 22.

SETTING THE SCENE: The lone games of the week for the Panthers (6-6) are scheduled to commence at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

BEURMAN RECEIVES WEEKLY AWARD: Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) was phenomenal in four appearances last week, logging 20.1 scoreless innings in the circle en route to being name Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference pitcher of the week for the first time in her career. Beurman went 2-0 with one save against Capital and Fontbonne last weekend, striking out 27 batters. Highlighting the stretch was a 10-inning shutout win over Fontbonne, where she struck out a career-high 14 batters.

On the season, Beurman has a 2.15 earned run average and two solo shutouts. She has been a part of four of the team's five shutouts, which leads the HCAC and ranks 11th across NCAA Division III. The sophomore has 64 season strikeouts to pace the league and rank eighth nationally.

FOR STARTERS: The Panthers have four starting players with a batting average above .300, led by junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.). Edington is hitting .436 with a team-high 10 runs scored and seven RBI.

Seniors Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) and Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) are batting .389 and .333, respectively and have combined for 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. Sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) hits from the leadoff spot with a .317 average.

As a team, Hanover is batting .295, scoring just over four runs per game. Both marks rank third in the HCAC this spring.

SCOUTING SPALDING: The Golden Eagles are off to their best start in program history, compiling a 9-1 record during a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., which concluded on March 13. Spalding is hitting .326 with 6.1 runs scored per game, while posting a 3.60 ERA in the circle through 10 games.

Hanover and Spalding will be meeting for the first time since the 2017 campaign, when the two sides split a doubleheader in Louisville. The Panthers took Game One, 9-1, in five innings, before the Golden Eagles took Game Two, 4-3. Hanover also swept Spalding at home during the 2016 season, 8-1 and 4-1.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will return home for their next action, a doubleheader with Thomas More (Ky.) beginning at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27. Hanover then opens HCAC play with two games at Defiance on Saturday, March 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester