DUELING: Hanover College pitcher Leah Kemmerer (above) winds to deliver to College of Mount St. Joseph Tuesday. Former Switzerland County Pacer Tanya Sefton (below) loosens up for an at-bat. Sefton, a senior left fielder for Mount, was 3-for-8 with three singles, threes runs scored and two RBIs as the Lions swept two from the Panthers in Hanover. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
DUELING: Hanover College pitcher Leah Kemmerer (above) winds to deliver to College of Mount St. Joseph Tuesday. Former Switzerland County Pacer Tanya Sefton (below) loosens up for an at-bat. Sefton, a senior left fielder for Mount, was 3-for-8 with three singles, threes runs scored and two RBIs as the Lions swept two from the Panthers in Hanover. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
Hanover's softball dropped a doubleheader to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Mount. St. Joseph, 4-3 and 10-3 Tuesday at L.S. Ayres Field.

In game one, it took the Lions nine innings to put away Hanover. The Panthers led 2-0 after five innings before Mount St. Joseph came back to tie it in the bottom of the sixth.

Heading into extra innings after a scoreless seventh, both teams scored in the eighth inning to keep the game tied 3-3 but Mount used two hits in the top of the ninth to put the winning run across and Hanover couldn't answer.

Hanover had seven hits in game one. Abby Murphy collected three and scored a run and Leah Kemmerer had a hit and two RBIs.

Kemmerer picked up the loss on the mound for the Panthers. The Jennings County graduate pitched all nine innings, giving up two earned runs on 12 hits while striking out eight.

In game two, Hanover once again had the early advantage, leading 2-1 after three innings. The Lions came back to score five runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth to get the decisive 10-3 victory.

The Panthers were limited to four hits in the second game. Murphy once again led Hanover with two hits and an RBI. Kemmerer had a hit and an RBI.

Christina Davidson was tagged with the loss. The sophomore pitcher worked five and two-thirds innings, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits while striking out three.

Former Switzerland County Pacer Tanya Sefton, now a senior at Mount St. Joseph, played left field in both games of the twinbill and was a combined 3-for-8 with three singles, threes runs scored and two RBIs. Sefton was 1-for-4 in game one with a single and run scored in the fifth inning and 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the nightcap.

Clinging to a potential berth in the HCAC's post-season tournament entering the day, Hanover is now 12-16 overall and 7-7 in the HCAC tied with Franklin and Transylvania for the final spot behind Anderson (9-3), Manchester (7-3) and Bluffton (9-5).

Hanover hosts Spalding on Thursday to make up a rain out from March 20 before visiting league-leading Anderson Saturday for the final HCAC doubleheader of the regular season.

Baseball falls 5-3 to Franklin

Hanover College dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball game 5-3 to Franklin on Tuesday in Hanover.

Despite only four hits in the contest, the Panthers led Franklin through the first four innings after Hanover plated three runs in the bottom of the third to lead 3-0.

Franklin came back in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs before adding three more in the top of the eighth for the eventual 5-3 outcome.

Hanover senior Cam Ginder led the Panthers with two base hits and scored a run.

Junior Chip Hockenbury was tagged with the loss in a relief appearance. Hockenbury pitched the eighth inning, giving up three runs on two hits.

Hanover (14-17, 7-11 HCAC) visits Earlham Friday for game one of a three-game HCAC series with the Quakers. The teams play a twinbill on Saturday.