TERRE HAUTE, IND. - The Rose-Hulman softball team topped Hanover 7-5 in the opener before falling 6-4 in the nightcap in a Sunday twinbill at the Engineer Softball Complex.
Rose-Hulman scored four sixth inning runs to win game one 7-5. Hanover plated three key sixth inning tallies and held off a Rose-Hulman charge to win game two.
In the opener, freshman Carly Heibel (Fort Wayne/Lakewood Park) led the Engineers with a home run, single, double, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Heibel also came out of the bullpen to pitch 3.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.
Sophomore Allison Bowman (Fort Wayne/Snider) and freshman Lindsey Watterson (Lexington, Ind./Southwestern) pitched in with one hit, one run and one RBI.
Lauren Kreinest led Hanover with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the first inning.
Rose-Hulman closed to within 2-1 on a double by Widmoyer and an RBI double by Heibel. The Engineers took the lead at 3-2 on a fielding error and a two-run blast by Heibel.
Hanover scored three times in the fourth to gain a 5-3 lead, before Rose-Hulman scored four times in the sixth to earn the win. The inning featured a single by Heibel, a double by junior Alyse Mueller (Belleville, Ill./West) and singles by Bowman and Watterson to tie the score at 5-5. An illegal pitch and a wild pitch brought home the final two runs.
In the nightcap, Hanover scored three sixth inning runs to build a 6-1 lead. Rose-Hulman relied on a two-run home run by freshman Chris Rollins (Springfield, Ohio/North) and an RBI double from Watterson to close within 6-4 after six innings.
Hanover retired the Engineers in the seventh to secure the win. Sophomore Jenna Martinek (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) led the game two offense with two singles and one run, with Rollins adding the home run and two RBIs.
Rose-Hulman stands 13-25 overall and 6-8 in league play, while Hanover has a 9-23 mark and is 2-10 in league play. The Fightin' Engineers conclude the regular season at Defiance on Saturday and will enter the season finale in a three-team battle for one spot in the upcoming HCAC Tournament.