Hanover junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer notched her 13th win of the season Friday.
Hanover junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer notched her 13th win of the season Friday.
Leah Kemmerer tied a school record for wins in Hanover College's softball sweep of Defiance at Southwestern High School on Friday.

Kemmerer, a junior from North Vernon, picked up the win in the Panthers' 3-2 victory in the opener. Christina Davidson, a junior from Cincinnati, picked up her first collegiate shutout in the 5-0 game two shutout.

Kemmerer (13-2) allowed just three hits and no earned runs in the first game, notching her 13th win of the season to match Hanover's single-season mark. The effort ties former standout Ruth Hudgens, who posted a 13-6 record for the Panthers in 2000.

Hanover, held to just four hits in the outing, plated the game-winning run in the sixth. Lyndsea Burke led off the frame with a double down the right field line, advanced to third on an infield miscue and eventually scored on the Yellow Jackets' second error in the inning.

Kemmerer, who struck out seven, retired Defiance in order in the seventh to lock up her record-tying victory.

Davidson (3-6) held Defiance to only four hits in the second game. She walked one, fanned two and allowed runners to reach scoring position in four innings without yielding a run.

Gabrielle Ritchey and Shelby Overton had two hits each and the Panthers totaled eight in the victory.

Hanover, now 17-13 overall and 6-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, visits Bluffton today.

Baseball hammers out 15 hits in 8-4 win over Yellow Jackets

Hanover racked up 15 hits in an 8-4 baseball win over Defiance (Ohio) in the opening contest of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series Friday at home.

Zack Shultz collected four hits, while Kolton Chapman, Ryan Johns and Austin Holloway had two hits each to lead Hanover's offensive outbreak.

Andrew Roby chalked up his second win of the season with eight and one-third innings of work. Roby (2-4) limited Defiance to just six hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts.

The Panthers (9-16, 5-10 HCAC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and led 8-1 after adding two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Defiance (8-21, 2-14 HCAC) cut the margin to 4-1 with a run on two hits and an error in the second inning.

Hanover committed three errors in the game, including two in the Yellow Jackets' three-run ninth inning.

Reliever Austen Pitman recorded the final two outs to seal the win.

The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a doubleheader today in Hanover.

Women's golf runner-up at Manchester Spring Invite

Hanover College's women's golf team tied for second place at the Manchester University Spring Invitational on Friday in just the team's second meet of the spring.

Sophomore Brittany Gingerich and freshman Devan Smith tied for third individually to lead Hanover, which totaled 360 strokes to share second place in the four-team field with Franklin.

Gingerich and Smith each posted 85s on the par-72, 5,833-yard course to earn their first top-five finishes of the season.

Brittany Mosteller and Alli Lindenschmidt tied for 16th in the 29-golfer field with a 95. Rachel Helt completed the Panthers' quintet with a 103 and a 23rd-place finish.

Trine captured the team title with a 333. Trine's Julia DeBelly was medalist with an 80.

Hanover's next match will be the NCAA Division III National Championships in Florida on May 13-16.