HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team will have eight of its 16 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games come this week, including six on the road.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers (8-12, 1-3 HCAC) open the stretch at Mount St. Joseph with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10. The weekend will feature three doubleheaders, starting with Rose-Hulman at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 12. Road contests at Anderson and Defiance follow on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Both twin bills are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts.
LAST WEEK RECAP: Hanover is coming off a 1-3 week to open conference play. The Blue and Red defeated Franklin, 7-1, while dropping one contest to the Grizzlies and two to Manchester. Sophomore Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) batted .583 for the week, improving her season average to .313. Cox hit successfully in 7-of-12 at-bats. Junior Jenna Ruddick (McCordsville, Ind.) hit .300, while driving in a team-high four runs. Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) tossed 14.0 innings in the circle with a 3.00 earned run average and 10 strikeouts. Beurman was also 6-for-13 at the plate.
HITTING NOTES: Junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.) leads the Panthers in hitting average (.441), runs scored (14) and RBI (10). Edington has posted multiple hits in three of her past five full outings. Senior Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Kiley Shedron (Cloverdale, Ind.) each have 10 RBI as well, with Luster also posting a .310 average. Senior Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) and sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) are both hitting over .300 this season as well, combining for 20 runs scored.
PITCHING NOTES: Hanover still leads the HCAC and ranks among the top 50 teams in NCAA Division III with five shutouts. Beurman paces the team with a 2.33 ERA and has a 6-6 record. The sophomore has a conference-high 89 strikeouts, which also ranks 30th in the country. Senior Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) has two wins in the circle. Wiseman has allowed just one run over 10 innings in her two victories this spring.
THE COMPETITION: Mount St. Joseph (22-5) and Defiance (12-10) are currently tied atop the conference standings with 3-1 records. Anderson (10-6) sits at 2-2, while Rose-Hulman (4-12) is 0-2 in HCAC play. Hanover went a combined 4-4 against the HCAC foes in 2018, including doubleheader sweeps over Anderson and Rose-Hulman.
UP NEXT: Hanover continues league play with a home doubleheader against Bluffton. The Panthers and Beavers are slated for a 1 p.m. start, Saturday, April 20. Hanover will also celebrate Senior Day during the home finale.
Contact: Tyler Jester