Hanover College’s baseball team opened its 2014 season with a pair of wins in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.
Hanover rolled past Brandeis University (Mass.), 11-2, in the season-opening tilt. Brandeis (4-2) had won four straight games heading into the contest
The Panthers led 3-2 after seven innings, but erupted for three runs in the top of the eighth and five in the ninth for the final tally.
Junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) collected a double, triple and home run to spark Hanover’s 13-hit attack. Brooks knocked in three runs and scored three times.
Junior infielders Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.), Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) and D.C. Craig (Carrollton, Ky.) also had doubles for the Panthers (2-0).
Senior hurler Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) picked up his 16th career win. Hunnicutt (1-0) paired with sophomore Kevin Peddicord (Crittenden, Ky.) to limit the Judges to six hits in the nine-inning game. Peddicord earned his first collegiate save with two and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief.
Hanover scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to steal a 6-5 victory against Concordia College-Moorhead (Minn.) in the day’s second game.
The Panthers led 2-1 after one inning, but the Cobbers later built a 5-2 cushion with a run in the sixth and three more in the top of the eighth.
Concordia-Moorhead (0-1) totaled 10 hits in the contest, but committed four errors in the field. Newman posted a double as the sole extra-base hit among Hanover’s seven hits.
Sophomore Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) recorded his first collegiate victory with two innings of relief. Senior closer Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) picked up his 16th career save with a scoreless ninth.
Published Sunday, February 23, 2014