Hanover College’s baseball team opened a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Manchester University with a 5-4 loss. The contest was played Friday, April 12, in North Manchester, Ind.
Hanover's offense total 10 hits, while the Panthers' Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) and Rob Wohlschlaeger (Sheridan, Ind.) combined to limit Manchester to just six, but a four-run inning proved decisive in the setback.
Hanover (14-11; 7-5 HCAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Sophomore designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) reached on an error and senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) singled. Both later scored unearned runs on a two-out throwing error.
Manchester (21-3-1; 11-1 HCAC) cut the margin in half with a run in the fourth inning. The Spartans then bolted into a 5-2 lead with four runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth.
Hanover rebounded to pull within 5-4 with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) led off the frame with a homer to right field - his third career home run. Freshman rightfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) singled, moved to third after an error and infield grounder, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Panthers put a runner on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but could not score the equalizing run.
Hunnicutt (4-2) was pegged with the loss after five and one-third innings on the mound. He allowed six hits and five runs.
Wohlschlaeger did not allow a hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief.
Chapman, Brooks and junior second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) had two hits apiece to lead Hanover's charge at the plate.
The 10-hit effort marks the 14th time this season the squad has reached double digits.
Published Friday, April 12, 2013