Hanover College’s baseball team dropped both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Panthers, now 6-10 overall and 2-4 in the league, lost the first game, 5-3, and fell 11-5 in the second contest.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman led 5-0 before Hanover rallied with one run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to pull within 5-3. The Panthers left the bases loaded in the eighth and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning.
Junior designated hitter Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) had two of Hanover’s seven hits. Senior outfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) and junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) each stroked a two-base hit.
Senior Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) was pinned with the loss after pitching five and two-thirds innings. Roby (1-2) scattered nine hits and five runs. He walked just one and posted eight strikeouts.
Sophomore Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Gino Chumas (Wakarusa, Ind.) each made their second relief appearances of the season. Otto tossed one and one-third innings of hitless relief, while Chumas retired all three hitters he faced.
Hanover grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second game, but Rose-Hulman scored four runs in the third inning and added four more in the fourth to surge ahead 8-3.
The Panthers plated one run in the sixth, but a three-run eighth inning helped the Engineers lock up the win.
Sophomore outfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs to lead Hanover’s 13-hit effort at the plate. Brooks, senior shortstop Zack Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.), freshmen third baseman Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman catcher Austin Holloway (St. Leon, Ind.) each had two hits.
Shultz, who had a single, double and reached on an error, scored a pair of runs. Holloway scored once and had a run-batted-in.
Sophomore Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) made his third start of the season and pitched three and two-thirds innings. He was tagged with the loss after giving up seven hits and eight runs. He walked two and tallied three strikeouts.
Senior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) worked three and one-third innings of scoreless relief. Junior Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) allowed three runs on three hits in the eighth.
Published Sunday, March 30, 2014