Hanover College’s baseball squad swept the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader to close the season.
Hanover, which took all three games in the series against the Lions, used a walk-off single by junior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) to pull out a 7-6 victory in the first game. Senior pitcher Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) scattered seven hits, while the Panthers’ offense piled up 14, in a 13-3, seven-inning triumph in game two.
In the opener, Hanover led 6-4 after seven innings but Mount St. Joseph scored twice in the top of the eighth to tie the game.
Junior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) led off the Panthers’ half of the ninth with a base hit. Freshman Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.), who was inserted as a pinch runner, moved to second on a passed ball and scampered home with the game-winning run on Newman’s one-out single through the middle of the infield.
Brooks finished with four of Hanover’s 11 hits, including a solo homer to left field in the fifth inning and a double in the sixth.
Newman was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Senior third baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) had one hit, walked three times and scored a pair of runs.
Senior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) tallied nine strikeouts in seven and one-third innings. Hunnciutt gave up eight hits and five runs before giving way to classmate Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.).
Hockenbury (4-2) allowed just one hit in one and two-thirds innings of relief. He walked one and had four strikeouts.
Mount St. Joseph jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of game two. Hanover, however, scored seven runs in the bottom of the second and six runs in the third to bolt into a 13-3 advantage.
Roby (3-5) limited the Lions to only three hits through the final five innings to nail down the victory. He fanned a season-high 10 batters and walked two.
Sophomore centerfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs-batted-in and two runs scored. Shultz, Brooks, junior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior designated hitter D.C. Craig (Carrollton, Ky.) each collected two hits.
Craig, who scored twice, knocked in two runs with a double in the second inning. He added a run-scoring single in the third.
Brooks, meanwhile, drove in one run with a base hit in the second inning and had a two-run single in the third. He also scored two runs.
Hanover closes its season 16-19 overall and 12-13 in the Heartland Conference. Mount St. Joseph finishes 12-25-1 overall and 7-18 in the league.
Published Saturday, May 3, 2014