Baseball closes RHIT series with split

Hanover College’s baseball team split a pair of games against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to close a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series, Saturday, April 6, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

Hanover raised its winning streak to six games with a 2-1 victory in the first contest. Rose-Hulman avoided a sweep in the three-game set with a 7-2 win in the second game.

In the opener, Hanover (14-9; 7-3 HCAC) totaled just three hits, but used a combined five-hitter from three pitchers and rallied for the triumph.

Rose-Hulman led 1-0 after the first inning. The Panthers scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game and plated the game-winner in the sixth.

Sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) doubled to right field to lead off the fourth and later scored on grounder to second base by sophomore designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.).

In the sixth, Newman reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored the decisive run on a Brooks’ ground ball to the left side of the infield.

Junior Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) notched his fifth win of the season with six innings of work on the mound. Roby (5-1) scattered four hits and surrendered the first-inning run.

Sophomore Clint Jones (Bloomington, Ind.) followed with two innings of hitless relief.

Junior closer Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) gave up a hit in the ninth, but held the lead to record his fourth save of the season.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman game one statistics

In the second game, Rose-Hulman (8-14; 5-4 HCAC) capitalized on five Hanover errors to build a 7-0 lead after seven innings. The Panthers scored twice in the eighth for the final margin.

The teams split 18 hits in the contest. Senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) led Hanover with two hits, while Brooks and junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) each had a double.

Senior pitcher Kyle Wentzel (Cincinnati, Ohio), the first of five Hanover pitchers, was pegged with the loss. Wentzel (1-1) allowed three hits and three unearned runs in two innings.

Jones, who entered in the third, surrendered three hits and two runs in three innings.

Senior Rob Wohlschlaeger (Sheridan, Ind.) gave up three hits and two runs in one inning of relief. The run ended Wohlschlaeger's string of eight straight appearances without allowing a run.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman game two statistics