Panthers clipped in series opener

Hanover College’s baseball team rallied from an eight-run deficit, but lost to Anderson University, 10-9, in the opening contest of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series. The game was played Friday, April 19, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

Anderson used seven hits to score five runs in the top of the third inning. The Ravens (16-15; 10-6 HCAC) added three more runs in the fourth to surge ahead 8-0.

Hanover scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth to creep within 10-3 after five innings. The Panthers (14-14; 7-8 HCAC) generated six runs in the sixth to pull within 10-9.

Hanover put runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but could not push the equalizing run across the plate.

The Panthers had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Anderson, however, was able to get a 5-4-3 double play to end the contest.

Sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) had three hits to lead Hanover’s 11-hit effort at the plate. Freshman rightfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) and junior second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) had two hits apiece for the Panthers, which have totaled 10 or more hits in 15 games this season.

Junior right-hander Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) picked up the loss after scattering 12 hits and eight runs through four innings. Hunnicutt (4-3) tallied three strikeouts and did not issue a walk.

Freshman Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) allowed four hits and two runs in four innings of relief.

Junior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) tossed a scoreless ninth to give Hanover a chance in the final frame.

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