HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team dropped both sets of a home doubleheader with Thomas More (Ky.) Wednesday afternoon at Kops-Bedel Stadium.
The 6-1 and 10-3 losses drop the Panthers to 7-9 this spring, while the Saints improve to 13-7. Thomas More, who has won 30-plus games each of the last three seasons, is now riding an eight-game winning streak.
GAME ONE RECAP (L, 6-1)
Hanover's struggles at the plate doomed the team in a 6-1 loss. The Panthers scattered three hits in the contest, two of which came from junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.). Edington hit her second home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 1-1.
Thomas More though, engineered five runs on six hits in the top of the sixth inning to capture the 6-1 advantage. The Panthers were retired in order in the final two frames, securing the win for the Saints in the opener.
Edington added a two-out base hit in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.), who pitched the entire game, also logged a leadoff single in the fifth. In the circle, Beurman did strike out seven batters.
GAME TWO RECAP (L, 10-3)
The Blue and Red struck first in the night cap, as sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first inning. Smith led off the frame with a single, one of her two hits in the game.
The lead was short-lived though, as the Saints recorded a home run of their own in the top of the second, tying the game at one-all. Thomas More then added four runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead.
Hanover responded with two runs in the fifth, but that would be the final scoring for the Panthers. Sophomore Brittney Ralston (Hanover, Ind.) and Smith had back-to-back two-out doubles to engineer the runs for HC. Ralston's hit scored classmate Tori Snook (Seymour, Ind.), and the hometown native then crossed home plate on Smith's drive to left field.
Thomas More picked up two additional runs in the sixth to push its lead to 10-3. Hanover had just one hit over the final two innings, a single by Edington to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
Beurman pitched the final 1.1 innings in relief for HC, keeping the Saints scoreless. The sophomore also struck out one batter, giving her eight K's on the day.
UP NEXT: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play is set to begin this Saturday, March 30, with a trip to Defiance (Ohio). The Panthers and Yellow Jackets open a doubleheader with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Contact: Tyler Jester