HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team earned a doubleheader split at home Friday afternoon against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, Rose-Hulman.
The Panthers dropped a low-scoring affair in Game One, 2-0. Hanover then scored all eight of its runs in the final three innings in Game Two, an 8-0 triumph.
GAME ONE RECAP (L, 2-0)
The Blue and Red were held to just three hits in the opener, as they were blanked on the scoreboard for the third consecutive game. Despite the loss, sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) pitched a complete game, striking out 13 batters. The 13 K's falls one shy of a career-high, which the sophomore set in a 10-inning outing against Fontbonne earlier this season.
Hanover had its chances throughout the opener but left at least one runner stranded in scoring position in the second, third and fourth frames. After a two-out walk by freshman Kiley Shedron (Cloverdale, Ind.) and a single by sophomore Brittney Ralston (Hanover, Ind.), HC had two on in the second. A strikeout followed though, ending the opportunity.
The Panthers received a two-out double from sophomore Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the third but again, the scoring chance was denied with a strikeout. A groundout ended another threat in the fourth, as senior Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.), who led off the inning with a single, and Ralston, who walked, were left stranded.
Rose-Hulman tallied one run in the sixth and added an insurance score in the seventh to go in front 2-0. The Fightin' Engineers (5-15, 1-5 HCAC) scored both of their runs with two outs. The final nine Hanover batters were retired in order to secure RHIT's first HCAC win of the spring.
GAME TWO RECAP (W, 8-0 – 6 INN)
The night cap got off to a similar start as the first game, as both sides were scoreless through three innings. The Panthers then recorded six runs on five hits in the fourth, snapping what was a 21-inning scoring drought.
Sophomore Ashley Swearingen (Clarksville, Ind.) opened the scoring with a line drive double over the second baseman's head to score two. Swearingen later scored on a safety squeeze bunt by junior Taylor Merrill (Brownsburg, Ind.). Beurman added an RBI double down the left field line and two more runs came across on a Cox groundball that got past the Engineer shortstop.
The Blue and Red secured the win in six innings as Cox drove in freshman Abby Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a single through the left side and later scored on a double by junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.). Wilson's hit, which was a double to left field, was the first of her collegiate career.
Edington led the team with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Ralston went 1-for-2, giving her a .500 average for the day.
In the circle, senior Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) pitched the third complete game shutout of her career. Wiseman allowed just three hits and struck out four batters in her third win of the season. In her three wins, the senior has allowed just one run. The solo shutout was her first since April 9, 2017, a 2-0 decision against Bluffton.
UP NEXT: Hanover will be back in action Saturday, April 13, with a road doubleheader at Anderson. The Panthers and Ravens are slated for a 1 p.m. start in the conference clash.
Contact: Tyler Jester