Hanover College’s baseball team fell to Franklin College, 3-2, in the first game played at the Panthers' renovated stadium.
Franklin snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the eighth inning to scratch out the victory. Hanover put two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but could not push the equalizing run across the plate.
Senior second baseman Zack Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.), junior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and senior rightfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) each had two hits for the Panthers, which totaled nine hits in the contest.
Newman hit a double and scored on a base hit by junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) to give Hanover a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Franklin tied the game with a run in the third inning, then eased ahead 2-1 with another run in the fourth.
The Panthers tied the score in the sixth inning. Shultz singled to lead off the frame and swiped second. Newman followed with a run-scoring base hit.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Powers (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) suffered the loss after working two and one-third innings of relief. Powers allowed just one hit and a run, but walked four batters.
Freshman Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) made his first collegiate start on the mound. Chumas went four and two-thirds innings. He gave up five hits and two earned runs, with two walks and five strikeouts.
Senior Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) worked two scoreless innings in his first relief appearance of the season. He surrendered two hits and a pair of walks.
With the setback, Hanover dipped to 8-13 overall and 4-7 in the Heartland Conference. Franklin raised its mark to 15-10 overall and 6-5 in the HCAC.
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014