GREENWOOD, IN - Anderson University earned a crucial two game sweep of Bluffton University last week to climb back into the HCAC title chase. The Ravens (15-11, 5-3 HCAC) are currently third in the league standings, trailing Bluffton (16-14, 8-4 HCAC) by 1.5 games and Manchester by two games with eight contests remaining on the schedule.
Anderson capped off the weekend with a 1-3 record at the competitive Illinois Wesleyan tournament.
Senior infielder Lauren Smith (New Palestine, Ind./H.S.) led the Ravens' offense during the week, finishing 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored, 11 RBI, and a .941 slugging percentage.
The Ravens were schedule to face Rose-Hulman this afternoon, but the two contests have been postponed due to rain. The contests have been rescheduled for Sunday at 1PM at AU.
Anderson will also travel south to Lexington for a doubleheader with Transylvania Saturday afternoon at 1PM.
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Manchester (15-11, 7-3 HCAC) sits atop the league standings due to win percentage, narrowly leading Bluffton. The Spartans earned a sweep of Transylvania in their only league contests last week.
Freshman Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) extended her hitting streak to six games during the week. The freshman finished 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate with two doubles, a triple, and two RBI.
The Spartans will square off with Bluffton this afternoon and are slated to tangle with Huntington, Olivet, and Defiance over the weekend.
Hanover (11-13, 6-4 HCAC) occupies the fourth and final spot in the race for a HCAC tournament berth. The Panthers suffered a series sweep at Transylvania Tuesday, but bounced back to sweep Rose-Hulman Sunday.
Sophomore pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings Co.) tossed a seven-inning complete-game one-hitter to lead HC to a 3-0 win over Rose-Hulman.
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