Pitching, key triples lead to fourth straight win

Hanover College’s baseball team raised its winning streak to four consecutive games with an 8-1 victory against Transylvania University (Ky.). The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle was played Tuesday, April 2, in Lexington, Ky.

Six Hanover pitchers combined on a nine-inning four-hitter, while the Panthers’ offense used timely triples from senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) to push five runs across the plate.

Hanover (12-8; 5-2 HCAC) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a two-out, bases-loaded triple by Newman.

The Panthers bumped the cushion to 4-0 with an unearned run in the third. Transylvania (9-10; 3-4 HCAC), however, cut into the lead with a run in the fifth inning.

Hanover secured the win with a four-run ninth inning.

Sophomore designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) each had run-scoring singles. Sears, who has hit safely in his past eight games, smacked a two-out, two-run triple.

Freshman pitcher Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) allowed three hits through the opening three innings. Freshman Matt Powers (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) followed with two innings of one-run relief picked up his first collegiate victory (1-0).

Freshman Kevin Peddicord (Crittenden, Ky.), sophomore Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior Rob Wohlschlaeger (Shepherdsville, Ky.) and junior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) each tossed an inning of scoreless relief to close the game.

Chapman led the Panthers’ 10-hit attack with three hits, including a double. Brooks and freshman rightfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) each had two hits.

The outing marks Hanover's fourth game in a row with 10 or more hits. The Panthers have generated double-digit hits 11 times this season.

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