Panthers open HCAC series with losses

Hanover College's baseball squad dropped both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Earlham College.

Hanover was beaten, 8-1, in the opening contest of the three-game series. The Panthers (8-15; 4-9 HCAC) lost the nightcap, 8-2.

The teams were scoreless through five innings before Earlham popped ahead 1-0 with a run in the top of the sixth. The Quakers used three hits and an error to plate five runs in the seventh to expand the lead to 6-0.

The advantage reached 8-0 with two runs in the ninth before Hanover avoided a shutout with a run in its final at-bat.

Freshman catcher Austin Holloway (St. Leon, Ind.) reached on a dropped fly ball and eventually moved to third. He later scored on an infield error.

Junior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) singled for one of Hanover’s six hits and was hit by a pitch twice.

Senior pitcher Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) worked six innings on the mound. He scattered seven hits and allowed five runs, though just one was earned. Roby (1-4), the first of five Hanover pitchers, walked three and had four strikeouts.

Hanover vs. Earlham game one statistics

Newman belted a solo home run with two outs to give Hanover a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second contest. Earlham, however, scored twice in the second inning and added three more runs in the fourth to build a 5-1 lead.

Junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) hit a run-scoring single in the fifth inning to trim the deficit to 5-2. The Quakers countered with two runs in the sixth inning and one in the eighth for the final tally.

Brooks, who also had a double, finished with two of Hanover’s four hits.

Senior hurler Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) was tagged with the loss. Hockenbury (1-2) allowed 11 hits and three earned runs with a walk and a strikeout.

Junior Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) gave up two hits and run while working the final three innings.

Hanover vs. Earlham game two statistics