Softball honors seniors with sweep of Bluffton in season finale


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team honored its three seniors with a sweep of Bluffton (Ohio) during the season finale Sunday afternoon.

Hanover recognized seniors Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.), Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) and Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) prior to the season finale at Kops-Bedel Stadium. Luster and Roark started both games, with Roark leading the HC offense with a 4-6 effort. Wiseman pitched a complete game in the night cap, allowing just two runs on four hits, while fanning five.

Junior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ky.) was 4-7 at the plate, with six RBI, three runs scored and two extra-base hits. Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) struck out eight batters in the opener to pick up her eighth win of the season.

The top four batters in the Panther lineup recorded multiple hits in the opener, as HC outhit the Beavers, 13-7. Edington was 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Sophomore Ashley Swearingen (Clarksville, Ind.) opened the scoring for the Blue and Red with an RBI base hit in the bottom of the first, scoring classmate Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.). Roark added an RBI base hit to score Edington and Beurman also came across home plate on a passed ball, putting Hanover in front 3-0.

The Beavers (7-31, 2-14 HCAC) though, scored seven unanswered runs to capture a 7-3 lead. Bluffton did all of its offensive damage in the second through fourth innings.

Edington and Beurman each plated a run in the bottom of the fourth, closing the Panther gap to one run at 6-5. Hanover then had four consecutive hits in the bottom of the sixth, including a double from Edington to plate two and a single by Beurman to score the junior.

The Blue and Red led 8-6 heading into the final frame. Beurman did not allow a ball to get out of the infield in the top of the seventh retiring the Beavers in order to secure the opening-game win.

Both sides logged just four hits in the night cap, two of which came from Roark for HC. Edington did all of the damage for the Panther offense in Game Two, hitting a three-run, first-inning blast over the left field fence.

Bluffton scored once in the fourth and again in the seventh for its two runs of the game. Wiseman faced 25 batters over seven innings and pitched 50 strikes out of her 74 attempts. With no outs and the tying run on second base, the senior retired three straight batters to pick up her fifth win of the season.

The Panthers have now concluded their 2019 season, finishing with a 13-21 overall mark, including a 6-10 record in HCAC play. The three seniors, who were a part of the program in some fashion over the past five seasons, produced an 89-87 overall mark from the 2015 through 2019 campaigns. All three players were also members of the 2016 NCAA National Tournament team, the first in program history.

Contact: Tyler Jester