Panthers outlast Mount St. Joseph in opener

Hanover College’s baseball team outlasted the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 13-9, in the opening contest of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series.

Mount St. Joseph grabbed a 2-0 run in the first inning. Hanover scored five times in the third inning and added four runs in each of the fifth and sixth frames to eventually build a 13-2 advantage. The Lions rallied with six runs in the eighth and another in the ninth for the final margin.

Senior third baseman Zack Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.), junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and junior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) had two singles apiece to spur the Panthers’ 12-hit effort at the plate.

Shultz knocked in three runs and scored a run. Brooks had one run-batted-in and scored twice. Johns, who also walked two times, scored three runs.

Freshman pitcher Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) raised his record to 2-1 with five innings of work on the mound. Chumas scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run. He walked two batters and posted a pair of strikeouts.

Hanover totaled six hits in the third inning. Junior catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) pushed two runs across the plate with a one-out base hit to key the outburst.

The Panthers had six hits in the four-run fifth inning. Shultz swatted a two-out single to left field to drive in two of the runs in the stanza.

Hanover had just one hit in the sixth, but used a pair of walks, two hit batters and an error to score four runs.

Sophomore hurler Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) pitched two innings of no-hit relief. Senior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) tossed the final one and two-thirds innings to thwart Mount St. Joseph’s rally.

Hanover raised its mark to 14-19 overall and 10-13 in the Heartland Conference. The Lions fell to 12-23-1 overall and 7-16 in the league.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics