Hanover holds off Earlham in opener

Hanover College’s baseball squad kicked off a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Earlham College with a 13-10 victory. The contest was played Friday, April 25, in Richmond, Ind.

Hanover, now 15-17 overall and 8-11 in the conference, held off Earlham for the Panthers' eighth straight win against the Quakers dating to the 2003 campaign.

Hanover jumped out to an 8-2 lead after three innings and stretched the margin to 11-3 with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Earlham (7-27; 3-16 HCAC) rallied with six runs in the eighth to trim the lead to 11-9.

The Panthers tacked on two runs in the ninth and limited the Quakers to one in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.

Hanover, led by sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio), totaled 17 hits in the contest.

Newman was 4-for-4 with a home run, walk, three runs-batted-in and three scored. He singled in his first three trips to the plate, pushing two runs across the plate with a base hit in the third inning. He smacked a homer to left field to lead off the seventh.

Johns was 3-for-4 with a homer, two walks, three RBI and one run scored. He keyed a three-run first inning with a two-run double and added a solo home run in the sixth.

Senior first baseman Ryan Grau (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman catcher Daniel Campbell (North Vernon, Ind.), sophomore designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) notched two hits apiece.

Campbell hit a two-out double in the top of the ninth. Grau followed with a home run to right field to score the pair of insurance runs.

Senior pitcher Rob Wohlschlaeger (Sheridan, Ind.) recorded his fourth win of the season with seven innings on the mound. Wohlschlaeger (4-2) scattered eight hits. He allowed three runs with three walks and a trio of strikeouts.

Freshman Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) relieved in the eighth and gave up four hits and six runs in two-thirds of an inning.

junior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) covered the final one and one-third innings to record his fifth save.

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