Hanover College’s baseball team dropped the final game of its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series against Defiance College (Ohio), 12-7. The 12-inning contest was played Sunday, April 29, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Defiance, however, used a five-run outburst in the top of the 12th to earn the victory.
Hanover, which led 5-2 after five innings, trailed 7-6 heading into its final at-bat.
Freshman shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the Panthers' ninth with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior leftfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) and moved to third on a wild pitch. Junior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville Ind.) followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to push the tying run across the plate.
Hanover put two runners on base in the 10th and 11th innings, while Defiance went three up and three down, but neither team could score.
Defiance (12-23; 5-15 HCAC) sent nine hitters to the plate in the 12th inning. The Yellow Jackets used four hits, an error and a walk to plate the decisive five runs. A two-run single and a two-out, two-run double keyed the burst.
Sophomore pitcher Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) picked up the loss after four and one-third innings of relief. Hockenbury (5-2), the third of four pitchers for the Panthers, surrendered five hits and five earned runs.
The squads split 26 hits in the game. Johns and sophomore second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) notched three hits apiece to lead Hanover's 13-hit effort. Freshman designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) had a pair of base hits.
The Panthers fell to 21-15 overall and 11-10 in the HCAC with the loss.
Published Sunday, April 29, 2012