Hanover College’s baseball team dropped its home-opener against Thomas More College (Ky.), 7-3, Friday, March 15, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover (5-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run blast over the left-field fence by sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Thomas More (6-1) cut the deficit in half with one run in the top of the second. The Saints bolted ahead with five runs on three hits in the fourth inning and added a run in the sixth.
Hanover made a charge in the bottom of the ninth.
Junior outfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) singled, sophomore catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) doubled and senior outfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) walked to load the bases with two outs.
Johns earned a walk to cut the margin to 7-3 and bring the tying run to the plate. Sophomore first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) lofted a fly ball to left field to end the Panthers’ threat.
Freshman hurler Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) suffered the loss after working the first four innings on the mound. Brunner (0-1) allowed five hits and six earned runs. He walked five and tallied four strikeouts.
Hanover and Thomas More each totaled 10 hits and left 10 runners on base in the contest.
Chapman and senior third baseman Trent McIninch (Greenwood, Ind.) each had two hits.
The homer was the first of the season for Johns, who led the Panthers with three as a freshman.
Published Friday, March 15, 2013