Pomeroys split in twin bill with Hanover

April 7, 2014

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s softball team split a doubleheader against the Panthers of Hanover College on a cold and windy Friday afternoon.  The Pomeroys fell in the first game 3-1 and won the second game 10-2 in six innings. 

Hanover College 3 SMWC 1

In a game in which both pitchers from SMWC and Hanover combined for 18 strikeouts, the contest had all the makings of a pitcher’s duel.  There would be no score until the bottom of the fourth when SMWC’s Shelby Barnett hit a solo homerun to left-center field to give the Pomeroys an early 1-0 lead.

The Pomeroys would hold onto the slim one-run margin until the top of the sixth when Hanover (11-8) would score three times.  The Panthers scored off 2 RBI singles and off an unsuccessful pick-off attempt by the Pomeroys that scored a runner on third base.

The Pomeroys would get the tying run at the plate with two outs and Rebecca Latta on third in the seventh, but a Ciara McClain strikeout would end the inning and the game.   

In 7.0 innings pitched, SMWC’s Brooke Jordan (9-5) finished with 8 strikeouts, 0 walks, and 3 earned runs.  Hanover’s Leah Kemmerer finished with 11 strikeouts on the afternoon. 

SMWC 10 Hanover College 2

In the second game, the Pomeroys would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first.  Hanover (11-9) would tie up the score 2-2 with single runs in the third and fourth inning.  The turning point came in the bottom of the fourth when the Pomeroys would score five runs.   An RBI single by Kirby Schuble, an RBI double by Latta, and 2 RBI double by Sarah Burnham would highlight the inning for SMWC.

SMWC would tack on three more runs in the fifth and sixth and ultimately ended the game by the mercy rule of leading by eight runs.     

With the win, the Pomeroys improved their overall record to 17-9.  They also improve their home record to 3-1.  They will play their next doubleheader at home on Thursday, April 10 in a matchup with Oakland City University.  The first of two games begins at 3:30 p.m. 

*Note: The USCAA came out with its first Coaches Poll of the season.  SMWC was ranked No. 1 in the Week 1 Softball Coaches Poll.  Lindenwood University-Belleville, Ave Maria University, Penn State-Hazleton, and Carlow University rounded out the top five schools.