Hanover College’s baseball team outlasted Transylvania University (Ky.), 11-8, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash in Lexington, Ky. The squads combined for 26 hits and 36 baserunners, as well as nine pitchers, in a see-saw battle.
Hanover built a 9-2 lead in the fourth inning. Transylvania eventually trimmed the margin to 9-7 after six, but the Panthers added two more runs in the seventh to extend the advantage to 11-7.
The Pioneers (10-11; 2-5 HCAC) threatened in the closing innings. The squad had two baserunners in the seventh, scored once in the eighth on four hits and put a man on base in the ninth.
Junior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.), junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and freshman catcher Austin Holloway (St. Leon, Ind.) each collected three hits to spark Hanover’s 13-hit attack.
Newman was 3-for-4 with a home run, double, four runs-batted-in and one scored. The homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, was his first of the season and fourth in his career.
Brooks had a double, knocked in a run and scored three times. Holloway tallied three singles for his first collegiate three-hit game.
Junior designated hitter Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) swatted a two-run homer to left to key the four-run fourth inning. Sophomore centerfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs.
Freshman hurler Gino Chumas (Wakarusa, Ind.) recorded his first collegiate victory with four and two-thirds innings of relief. Chumas (1-0), the second of four Hanover pitchers, gave up just three hits and allowed four runs.
Sophomore Matt Powers (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) and senior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) combined for three innings of one-run relief.
Powers scattered six hits and gave up a run in two innings. Hockenbury tossed a hitless ninth for his second save of the season.
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014