Hanover College’s baseball squad made the most of nine hits and a pair of solid pitching performances to post a 6-2 victory against Transylvania University (Ky.) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt.
Senior third baseman Zack Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) had three hits and scored three times, while junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and junior catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) each knocked in a pair of runs to lead Hanover’s attack.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs in five innings to pick up his first win of the season. Powers (1-3) issued one walk and had four strikeouts.
Senior Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) tossed four innings of one-hit scoreless relief to post his third save of the season. Hockenbury, who faced just 12 batters, tallied four strikeouts.
Shultz led off the first inning with a base hit and eventually moved to third. He put the Panthers on the scoreboard on Brooks' sacrifice fly.
With the score tied a 1-1 in the fourth, Hall punched a two-out double to the wall in centerfield to drive in two runs to bump Hanover ahead 3-1.
Transylvania (16-21; 10-12 HCAC) cut the deficit to 3-2 with a run in the top of the fifth. Hanover, however, countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added another run in the sixth for the final margin.
Brooks led off the fifth inning with a double and later scored on an infield grounder. He stroked a run-scoring single with two outs in the sixth.
The triumph is Hanover’s fifth in its last eight games and second against the Pioneers this season. The Panthers are now 13-19 overall and 9-13 in the league.
Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014