Hanover College’s baseball team was beaten by Earlham College, 11-5, in the final contest of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series.
Hanover collected 10 hits and held a 3-2 lead after five innings, but five fielding errors helped Earlham rally for the series sweep.
Junior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.), who hit safely in his 14th consecutive game, was 4-for-5 with two runs-batted-in and one scored. Senior centerfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) had two hits and sophomore second baseman John-Clay Curtis (Versailles, Ky.) belted his first collegiate homer and scored a pair of runs.
The Quakers jumped out to a 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Curtis, however, lofted a ball over the leftfield fence to lead off the Panthers' half of the frame to tie the score.
Earlham eased ahead 2-1 with a run in the third, but again, Hanover answered.
Newman hit a two-out single and moved to second on a balk. Junior designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) followed with a single up the middle to push Newman across the plate.
The Panthers moved in a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. Sophomore leftfielder Cameron Walls (Ellettsville, Ind.) earned a two-out walk and eventually moved to third after a wild pitch. Newman looped a single to right field for the go-ahead run.
Earlham countered with three runs on four hits in the sixth to jump ahead, 5-3, but Hanover closed within 5-4 in the bottom of the inning.
Junior rightfielder Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) doubled and, two batters later, scored from third on Brooks' sacrifice fly to left field.
The Quakers plated three runs on two hits and a pair of errors in the seventh and added two runs on a hit and two errors in the eighth to take a 10-4 lead.
Curtis scored for the Panthers’ in the eighth. He walked with two outs, advanced to second on a walk and scored on a Newman single into right field.
Earlham (14-13; 6-8 HCAC) added one run on four hits in the ninth for the final margin.
Senior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) received the loss after working seven innings on the mound. Hunnicutt (2-5) scattered 11 hits and five earned runs. He fanned three and did not issue a walk.
Published Sunday, April 13, 2014