Despite having just three hits, Hanover College’s baseball squad had Franklin College on the ropes before falling, 5-3, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash. The HCAC game was held Tuesday, April 23, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover (14-17; 7-11 HCAC) used two hits and a pair of infield errors to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The Panthers held the three-run lead until the fifth, when Franklin cut the margin to 3-2. The Grizzlies (17-16; 9-9 HCAC) scored three times in the eighth for the final margin.
Senior rightfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) had two of Hanover’s four hits. He led off the third inning with a base hit and scored a run to get the Panthers on the scoreboard.
Junior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) worked five innings on the mound for Hanover. Hunnicutt gave up five hits and two runs. He had five strikeouts and issued one walk.
Junior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.), the third of the Panthers’ four pitchers, was tagged with the loss after surrendering two hits and three runs in the eighth inning.
Hockenbury, who has a 0.52 earned run average in 17 appearances this season, slipped to 0-2 with the setback.
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2013