Hanover College's baseball squad swept a doubleheader against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) to open a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series. The Panthers and Lions tangled Friday, March 29, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hanover posted a 9-1 win in the opener and claimed the nightcap, 9-4. The Panthers have won five of their last seven games to improve to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the Heartland Conference.
The losses, meanwhile, were the third and fourth in a row for Mount St. Joseph, which fell to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in the league.
The top of Hanover’s batting order collected six of the Panthers’ 13 hits in the first game.
Junior second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) was 3-for-4 with two runs-batted-in and two scored. Sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
Hanover snapped a 1-1 tie with one run in the fifth inning and eased into a 4-1 lead after seven. The Panthers used a five-run ninth inning to put the game out of reach. The squad had four hits in the inning, including a two-run single from Shultz and a two-run double off the bat of Newman.
Junior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) worked the first seven innings on the mound and recorded his third win of the season (3-1). He scattered six hits, walked two and had three strikeouts.
Hanover jumped out to a 7-0 lead and cruised to the 9-4 triumph in the nightcap.
The Panthers’ offense cranked out a season-high 20 hits, including seven for extra bases. Eight players notched multi-hit games for the squad, led by three hits apiece by junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.), sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.).
Johns was 3-for-6, including a double and a triple. He also scored three times and knocked in three runs.
Chapman, who leads Hanover with a .424 average, was 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Hall was 3-for-4, including two doubles, and scored a run.
Junior pitcher Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) and senior Rob Wohlschlaeger (Sheridan, Ind.) combined on a nine-inning six-hitter.
Roby, now 4-1 this season, allowed five hits and four runs through eight innings. He walked three and had three strikeouts.
Wohlschlaeger, who has not surrendered a run in his last six appearances, gave up one hit in the scoreless ninth.
Published Friday, March 29, 2013