Long ball lifts softball in 10-1 win at Spalding

Shelby Edington

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover College softball team hit two home runs in the second half of a doubleheader at Spalding (Ky.) Friday night to split the series with a five-inning, 10-1 victory.

The Panthers rallied to take the second game after falling in the opener on a walk-off hit, 1-0. Hanover's split moves the team to 7-7 on the season. Spalding goes to 9-2 overall after Friday's results.

GAME ONE RECAP (L, 1-0)

An offensive struggle saw the two sides record six hits each, with Hanover led by junior Jennah Ruddick (McCordsville, Ind.), who went 2-3 at the plate. Sophomore Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) went the distance in the circle, allowing the one run and recording seven strikeouts through 6.1 innings.

The Blue and Red had early opportunities, including the first inning where there were runners on second and third with just one out. Hanover was plagued with back-to-back strikeouts though to end the threat. In the next frame, runners were on first and second with two outs but again, they were left stranded.

The Panthers left a runner on in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings as well. In the seventh, Ruddick and sophomore Rachel Cox (Indianapolis, Ind.) had consecutive singles with one out but a line out double play followed to keep HC scoreless. Three straight hits in the bottom of the seventh gave the Golden Eagles the victory.

GAME TWO RECAP (W, 10-1, 5 INN)

The Panthers again threated to score early in the second contest, this time capitalizing on the opportunity. Sophomore Mackenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) tripled to lead off the game and Cox followed with a walk to put two runners on. Later in the frame, senior Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) drove in three of her game-high four runs with her first career home run. Spalding added a run in the bottom of the first to make the score 3-1 in favor of HC.

After a scoreless second, Smith led off the third with another extra-base hit. She then scored on the next at-bat, a single from Cox. The first five batters reached via hit in the third for HC, with Roark driving in another run on a single and freshman Kiley Shedron (Cloverdale, Ind.) had one of her two hits in the game to drive in two runs, making the score 7-1.

The third-inning offense continued as Ruddick and sophomore Ashley Swearingen (Clarksville, Ind.) posted RBI base hits. The Panthers scored six runs on seven hits in the frame to take a 9-1 advantage.

Edington gave HC its second home run of the game, sending a blast to left center to lead off the fourth frame. The home run was the first of the season for the junior and the fifth of her career. Hanover led 10-1.

Senior Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) picked up her second win of the season, pitching the full five innings in the circle. Wiseman retired the side in order in the third, highlighting a stretch of six consecutive batters dismissed by the senior. She tallied a season-high five strikeouts as well.

After Edington's home run in the top of the fourth, the Golden Eagles threated in the bottom half by loading the bases. Wiseman worked around the jam and kept Spalding scoreless in the inning.

The Golden Eagles had a leadoff single in the fifth but a strikeout, followed by consecutive ground outs ended the contest.

Hanover outhit Spalding in Game Two, 13-5. The first four batters in the lineup for HC each recorded two hits and two runs scored.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will return to the friendly confines of Kops-Bedel Stadium for their next outing. Hanover is set to host Thomas More (Ky.) for a twin bill beginning at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27.  

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu