BEARING DOWN: Hanover pitcher Leah Kemmerer (above) fires plateward as Transylvania’s Cassie Hamilton (33) squares to bunt. Kemmerer, a junior from Jennings County, allowed just three hits while shutting the Pioneers out 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Panthers’ Paige Starling (below) drops a dying fly ball near the infield after running in from left field. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
BEARING DOWN: Hanover pitcher Leah Kemmerer (above) fires plateward as Transylvania’s Cassie Hamilton (33) squares to bunt. Kemmerer, a junior from Jennings County, allowed just three hits while shutting the Pioneers out 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Panthers’ Paige Starling (below) drops a dying fly ball near the infield after running in from left field. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover softball split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Transylvania (Ky.) on Wednesday at Madison High Schools' Cub Field.

In game one, the Panthers rode strong defense and pitching to a 1-0 victory.

Hanover's lone score came in the bottom of the first when Danielle Merrick's single scored Gabrielle Ritchey. The two teams played scoreless baseball the next six innings as Hanover held on for the win.

The Panthers were limited to just three hits in the game with Merrick, Tori Wilson and Megan Hogston collecting a hit each.

Leah Kemmerer notched her 10th win of the season inside the circle for Hanover, twirling a four-hit shutout. Kemmerer struck out nine and walked three in the complete game.

Hanover's defense made just one error in the win.

The Panthers fell 10-3 in game two after Transylvania scored in four of the seven innings played.

The Pioneers scored two runs each in the first and third innings before Hanover pushed across a run in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-1 game and then 4-2 after scoring again in the bottom of the fourth.

Transylvania (8-18, 2-4 HCAC) broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth to seize an 8-2 lead. While three hits helped, four Hanover errors played a major factor in the four-run frame.

The Panthers never recovered as Transylvania plated two more runs in the top of the seventh before Hanover scored on an error with two outs in the bottom half of the inning before a quick fly out on the next at-bat ended the game.

Hanover had eight hits with Ritchey, Chelsie Nuhring and Mattie Varvel collecting two each and Lyndsea Burke and Shelby Overton added one each.

Burke and Varvel each had an RBI while Ritchey, Wilson and Varvel scored a run.

Christina Davidson was tagged with the loss for the Panthers. She threw four and one-third innings, giving up eight runs - just three earned - on eight hits while walking four and striking out one.

The Panthers committed five errors in the game.

Hanover (13-11, 3-3 HCAC) visits HCAC opponent Rose-Hulman on Sunday in Terre Haute.

Lacrosse falls 8-7 in OT

Hanover men's lacrosse dropped an 8-7 match in overtime to Midwest Lacrosse Conference foe Transylvania on Wednesday in Lexington, Ky.

The two teams were tied seven times and exchanged leads four times as the squads were never separated by more than a goal in the match.

Hanover led 7-6 with 11 minutes to play in the fourth period after a goal by Chris Baney but the Pioneers struck to tie it 7-7 with 4:39 to play and eventually force overtime.

The tie didn't last long once the extra period began as Transylvania scored just 1:01 in when Sam Browning delivered the game-winner in the 8-7 Pioneers win.

Josh Green, a junior from Australia, netted three goals in the match en route to setting Hanover's single-season scoring mark with his 38th goal. The record was previously set by teammate Nick Hermes earlier this season at 36.

Luke Karnick added two more goals for the Panthers while Baney and Sam Kampert each had one. Transylvania outshot Hanover 52-37.

Hanover goalie Addison Sears spent the entire 61 minutes of the match in the net and tallied a career-high 24 saves.

Hanover (9-4, 5-2 MLC) visits Augustana (Ill.) on Saturday.

Baseball loses on new field

Hanover baseball was unable to christen its newly renovated field with a win on Wednesday, falling 3-2 to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Franklin.

While the entire complex remains to completed, the Panthers' new field was ready for action for the first time this season and will be used for the remainder of the schedule.

Hanover scored a run in the bottom of the first but Franklin tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third. The Grizzlies led 2-1 after four innings but the Panthers fought back to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth.

After a scoreless seventh inning, Franklin scored the eventual game-winning run on an RBI single to center in the eighth. The Panthers had two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to score the equalizer.

Hanover had nine hits but just one for extra bases. Zack Shultz, Matt Newman and Kolton Chapman led the way with two hits each while Shultz and Newman accounting for the two runs scored. Newman and Matt Brooks each had an RBI.

Matt Powers took the loss on the mound in relief. Powers gave up one earned run on one hit in two and one-third innings with four walks and one strikeout.

Gino Chumas was got the start and lasted four and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five.

Hanover (8-13, 4-7 HCAC) hosts HCAC foe Earlham on Friday.

Bader 1 back at Big Four

Hanover men's golf placed four golfers in the top 15 to finish third in the Big Four Classic at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel on Wednesday.

Robert Bader, a senior from Louisville, was third overall with a two-over-74 - just a stroke out of first.

The Panthers shot a 311to finish 10 strokes back of winner DePauw (301) and five strokes back of runner-up Butler (306). Wabash had a 324 to round out the team scoring in fourth.

Fellow senior Terry Smith was two shots behind Bader and placed sixth with a 76. Johnny Vidal shot 79 to finish 11th and Patric Geary carded an 82 for 14th. P.J. Greene shot 88 and Brad Baumann 89 to place 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

Hanover competes in the Defiance Invitational at Eagle Rock Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday.

Women 3rd at Big Four

Sophomores Erika Shepherd and Brittany Gingerich led Hanover women's golf to a third place finish at the Big Four Classic at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel on Wednesday.

Hanover posted 352 team score and was a distant 22 strokes behind second place DePauw's 330. Butler won with a 312 while Franklin was fourth at 362.

Shepherd finished sixth overall with a 10-over-82 while Gingerich fired an 85 and placed eighth.

Freshman Devan Smith was 14th with a 90 and sophomore Brittany Mosteller was 20th with a 95.

Hanover faces Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Manchester on April 18 at Honeywell Golf Course.