Hanover Heads North Before Welcoming Denison in Home Opener

Hanover Heads North Before Welcoming Denison in Home Opener

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team heads north to take on Hope College Saturday, March 7 before returning to campus for their 2020 home opener with Denison on Sunday, March 8.

The Blue and Red enter the week with a 4-4 overall mark following their annual winter break trip to Clermont, Fla.

ACE IN THE CIRCLE: Junior Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) dominated the circle this past week as she posted a 3-1 overall mark charting her first career no-hitter in the team's victory over Northern Vermont-Johnson, 14-0. The ace recorded 11 strikeouts in the game, just one shy of her career-best, while allowing only one NVU-Johnson runner to reach first base. She currently ranks first among the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in total strikeouts with 42 and overall wins. Beurman's 1.05 earned run average also lands her among the top five in the HCAC.

AT THE PLATE: Junior Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) opened the 2020 campaign with a bang as she recorded a perfect 4-for-4 mark in stolen bases, placing her second among league opponents. At the plate, the junior finished the annual winter break trip batting a team-best .519 with 14 hits and three doubles. She has tallied four RBI, ranking fourth overall on the team behind conference leader senior Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.) with 11 RBI.

AS A UNIT: The Panther offense has been active this season as they lead the conference in runs (45), hits (78) and RBI (43). They have combined for a .371 batting average led by freshman, catcher, Nikki Bridgers (Florence, Ky.) with a team-best .571 average. Edington enters the week with a team-best 11 RBI including two triples.

SCOUTING HOPE: The Flying Dutchmen open the 2020 campaign on Thursday, March 5 as they take on HCAC foe Manchester. Entering the contest, Savannah Dixon returns as the top performer at the plate for Hope with a team-best 54 hits in 2019 and 12 doubles. In the circle, Chloe Haskins will look to have continued success as she tallied a team-high 36 strikeouts through 97.1 innings of work.

SCOUTING DENISON: The Big Red sit at 0-4 overall after falling to Centre and Transylvania last week. Denison is led at the dish by Claire Powell with a team-best five hits and two stolen bases. She enters the non-conference match-up batting .385 overall. In the circle, Taryn Welch has seen most of the action recording 13.0 innings of work with 10 strikeouts and a 5.38 earned run average.