HANOVER, Ind. – Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play began for the Franklin College softball team on Wednesday (Apr. 3) afternoon, with the Grizzlies playing a pair of games against long-time rival Hanover College.
The opener saw the Grizzlies (8-10, 1-1 HCAC) struggle to get the bats going, as the team was limited to just six hits in a 7-1 loss. Game two saw the team's fortunes change offensively, as Franklin pounded Panther (8-10, 1-1 HCAC) pitching for 16 hits, matching the team's season-high in a 14-3 win.
Freshman Sydney Logsdon led all players with four hits on the afternoon and was one of five Grizzlies to record multiple hits and multiple RBI in game two's rout.
Game One: Hanover 7 – Franklin 1
Down by a run after one inning, the Grizzlies cashed in with the bags full in their second trip to the plate. Pinch-hitter Abby Hickson drew a free pass that brought Justice Carmichael home and knot the game up at 1-1.
But Hanover responded with three runs in their half of the second and added a pair of runs in the fifth to cap off the scoring. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies managed just three hits over the final five innings of play off Hanover starter Lily Beurman.
Kayla Selzer (4-6) earned the start in the circle and allowed four earned runs with one walk and three strikeouts in a complete game effort for the Grizzlies.
Game Two: Franklin 14 – Hanover 3 (5 inn.)
The Grizzlies busted out the lumber early in game two and took advantage of four Hanover errors in the first inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Franklin plated their first three runs of the game off of Panther miscues and Logsdon closed out a progressive opening inning with a two-run double as FC brought 10 batters to the plate.
Two innings later, the Grizzlies put another crooked number on the scoreboard thanks to a Lexi Gaffney RBI single, a two-run double by Shelby Mager and a two-run single from Danielle Wyse that stretched the lead to 10-2. Franklin put the game out of reach with four more runs in the fifth as Natalie Weber, Hickson and Makiah Thomas all bringing runs across the plate.
Alisha Burch (3-4) scattered six hits and walked three to pick up the win in a complete game effort.
Franklin hits the road for two more games on Saturday (Apr. 6) afternoon, heading to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on league-leading Mount St. Joseph. First pitch of game one is set for 1:00 p.m.