Baseball splits HCAC twinbill with Defiance

Hanover College’s baseball squad split a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games against Defiance College (Ohio), Saturday, March 23, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

Hanover rallied from a six-run deficit to earn an 11-7 victory in the first contest. The Panthers roared back from four runs down in the second game before falling, 8-5.

Defiance built a 6-0 lead after five innings in the opener. Hanover scored twice in the sixth to pull within 6-2 and trailed 7-3 after seven innings.

The Panthers collected five hits and used an error to plate six runs in the eighth inning and bolt into a 9-7 lead. Sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) had a two-run double into the gap in right-center to help the effort.

Hanover, the visiting team in the series, added two runs in the ninth for the final margin. Newman and junior second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) each had run-scoring base hits in the inning.

The squads combined for 29 hits in the contest, including a season-high 16 by the Panthers (8-8; 1-2 HCAC).

Newman was 3-for-6 with three runs-batted-in and two scored. Senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) was 3-for-5.

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) and senior rightfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) each had two hits.

Senior righty Rob Wohlschlaeger (Sheridan, Ind.) raised his record to 3-1 with two innings of scoreless late-inning relief. Wohlschlaeger worked the eighth and ninth innings for the Panthers, allowing  just two hits while notching a pair of strikeouts.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) game one statistics

Trailing 5-1 after six innings in the nightcap, Hanover rallied to tie the game with four runs in the top of the seventh. Defiance (8-4; 2-1 HCAC), however, countered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to snatch the win.

Hanover was limited to a season-low five hits in the second game.

Newman knocked in three runs with a two-out, bases-loaded double to key the seventh-inning rally. Ginder and Johns also had doubles for the Panthers.

Sophomore Clint Jones (Bloomington, Ind.) was pegged with the loss after two and two-thirds innings of relief. Jones (0-2) gave up four hits and three earned runs.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) game two statistics