Hanover College’s baseball team kicked off a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with an 8-5 loss in Terre Haute, Ind.
Junior designated hitter Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushed a run across the plate with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He laters singled and scored in the fourth inning to help Hanover (6-8; 2-2 HCAC) build a brief 3-0 lead.
Rose-Hulman (9-4; 4-0 HCAC) countered with four runs in the bottom half of the forth and added a run in the fifth to grab a 5-3 lead.
The Panthers knotted the game at 5-5 with two runs in the seventh inning. The Engineers, however, plated three runs in the eighth inning to take the first game of the set.
Junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.), junior second baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and sophomore outfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) each had two hits to spark the Panthers’ 10-hit attack at the plate.
Brooks and Ares each went 2-for-4 with a double, one run-batted-in and one scored. Newman had a pair of base hits.
Senior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) worked six innings, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. He walked one and fanned six.
Sophomore Matt Powers (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) was pinned with the loss after pitching the seventh and eighth innings. Powers (0-2) allowed three runs on four hits. He issued two walks and had two strikeouts.
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014