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Bats quiet in Defiance series’ finale

Hanover College’s baseball team capped a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Defiance College (Ohio) with a 4-0 setback.

Hanover was limited to just five base hits in the loss, which bumps the squad to 11-15 overall and 7-11 in the league.

Senior hurler Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and reliever Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) allowed only seven hits in the nine-inning contest. Lantz (2-3) scattered five hits through seven innings, but gave up three earned runs. Otto tossed the eighth inning, giving up two hits and a run.

Defiance (14-13; 9-9 HCAC) scored one run in the first and second innings to get an early 2-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets added runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the final margin.

Hanover stranded six baserunners in the game. The top four hitters in the Panthers’ batting order each had one hit, however, the rest of the lineup finished a combined 1-for-16.

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) statistics

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) statistics

Geary paces linksters at Defiance

The Hanover College men’s golf squad placed second at the Defiance College (Ohio) Spring Invitational. The 36-hole event was held at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio.

Hanover posted a 611 (300-311) to finish 17 strokes behind Ohio Northern University, which led the five-team field with 594 (296-298). Tiffin University (Ohio) was third (624), host Defiance placed fourth (639) and Cleary University (Mich.) was fifth (643).

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) led Hanover, earning a fifth-place finish with a two-round total of 150 (73-77). Freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) also notched a top-10 finish. He fired back-to-back rounds of 76 (152) to wind up eighth in the 40-golfer field.

Sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) was 13th after a two-day 157 (80-77). Sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) capped the Panthers’ second-round scoring and finished 15th overall with a 158 (77-81).

Ohio Northern’s Tyler Davis earned medalist honors with a 140 (69-71). The effort was nine strokes better than Defiance’s Alex Miday and Tiffin’s Will Hudson, who each finished second with a 149.

Defiance Spring Invitational final results

Panthers take two from Rose-Hulman

The Hanover College softball team swept the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Kops-Bedel Stadium.

Hanover, now 14-8 overall and 6-4 in the HCAC, earned a 4-3 victory in eight innings in the first game. The Panthers pulled away for a 5-2 triumph in the second contest.

Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a looping ball to the shallow outfield. Just one batter later, freshman third baseman Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) doubled off the centerfield wall and sophomore pinch-runner Michaela Corbin (Kendallville, Ind.) beat the throw to the plate with the game-winner.

Sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) went the distance in the circle, allowing only four hits and no earned runs in the eight-inning win. Phillippe (4-2) issued one walk and posted two strikeouts.

Luster and freshman second baseman McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) each collected three of Hanover’s eight hits in the game.

Hanover grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second. The Engineers eased ahead 3-2 with a run in the top of the eighth on an infield error and a sacrifice fly.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman game one statistics

Hanover nursed a 3-2 lead through the fifth and sixth innings before scoring two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the twinbill sweep.

Luster, senior catcher Breann Wininger (Loogootee, Ind.) and freshman leftfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had two hits in the second game. Junior rightfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) also had a triple among the Panthers’ 11 hits.

Freshman Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) recorded the victory after three and two-thirds innings of relief in the circle. Poe gave up only two hits during the appearance while improving to 2-2 this season.

Hanover led 3-0 until Rose-Hulman used a two-run homer to pull within 3-2 in the fourth inning. Poe kept the Engineers (17-9; 5-5 HCAC) off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Writt and Luster singled in the sixth before Burke ripped a liner down the rightfield line to push both across the plate as insurance runs.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman game two statistics

Green fuels record-setting offense at Franciscan

Senior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) set a school single-match assist record and Hanover College's men’s lacrosse squad set program single-match records for scoring and margin of victory in a 28-1 triumph against Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) in Steubenville, Ohio.

Green spurred Hanover's offense by handing out eight assists to establish a new school single-match record. He, along with classmates Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.) and Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.), scored five goals apiece to help the Panthers set new school marks for goals in the match (28) and largest margin of victory (27).

Hanover, which also had a school-record nine players net goals, got three goals apiece from sophomore midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) and freshman midfielder Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ill.).

Green tallied four goals and five assists as the Panthers built a 17-1 lead at the intermission. Cheatle and Vest scored three goals apiece in the decisive half.

Hermes netted three goals in the second half, while Szczublewski dished out three of his four assists through the final 30 minutes of action.

Hanover out-shot Franciscan by a 60-18 margin, with 44 shots on goal, and scored on four of eight extra-man opportunities. Green paced the assault on the net with 12 shots. Vest fired 11 and Hermes had 10 shots.

The Panthers captured 22-of-31 face-offs, including 17-of-21 by senior midfielder Tim Gruber (Cincinnati, Ohio), and converted 16-of-20 clears.

Hanover, now 6-8 this season, also earned a 59-19 advantage in ground balls. Gruber and Szczublewski led the possession effort with seven apiece.

Hanover's previous team records for most goals and largest margin of victory came in a 24-2 triumph against Bethany College (W.Va.) during the 2013 campaign.

Franciscan fell to 0-12 on the season with the setback.

Hanover at Franciscan (Ohio) statistics

Powers keys HCAC split at Defiance

Hanover College’s baseball team split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Defiance College (Ohio). The contests, part of a three-game series between the squads, were held in Defiance, Ohio.

Hanover fell 5-1 in the opener, but used a five-hit outing by junior hurler Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) to earn a 3-1 triumph in the second contest.

Powers (3-2) worked eight innings to help the Panthers split the twinbill with the 3-1 victory in game two. He allowed just one earned run with a walk and five strikeouts.

Freshman Colin Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.), in his team-leading 12th appearance of the season, worked a hitless ninth to record his third save of the season.

Senior outfielder Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) and senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) each had a pair of hits to lead Hanover, which totaled nine as a team. Hall bounced back after having a 12-game hitting streak end in the opener.

The Panthers scored all three runs in the second inning. Newman led off the frame with a single and later scored from third base on a single to right field by sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.). Junior outfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) later pushed Holloway across the plate with a base hit through the left side of the infield.

Defiance cut the margin to 3-1 with a tally in the bottom of the third. Powers and Marsh, however, limited the Yellow Jackets to just two hits the rest of the way.

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) game two statistics

Defiance limited Hanover to only six base hits in the series’ opener. Senior outfielder Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) had two hits for the Panthers (11-14; 7-10 HCAC).

The Yellow Jackets (13-13; 8-9 HCAC) led 3-1 after two innings and added insurance runs in the fifth and eighth.

Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, Hanover got on the scoreboard in the top of the second. Senior designated hitter Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the stanza with a single. He eventually moved to third during a double play and later scored on a single off the bat of freshman third baseman Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.).

Sophomore pitcher Chase Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) took the loss after two and one-third innings on the mound. Justus (0-5) gave up five hits and one earned run. He walked four and fanned two.

Hanover at Defiance (Ohio) game one statistics

Women's lacrosse closes inaugural season

The Hanover College women’s lacrosse program capped its inaugural season with a 14-4 loss to Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference match in Delhi, Ohio.

Senior attacker Kelsey Gough (Portland, Maine), junior attacker Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.), sophomore defender Bekah Dickmander (Morristown, Ind.) and freshman midfielder Mallory Fogus (Midland, Mich.) each scored goals.

Junior midfielder Hannah Palmer (Wilmore, Ky.) and sophomore midfielder Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) each tallied an assist for Hanover, which closes its first season 3-11 overall and 2-7 in the ORLC.

Hanover totaled 17 shots in the setback, including 14 on goal. Gough led the squad with five attempts at the net.

Freshman netminder Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) posted eight saves and led the Panthers with five ground balls.

Freshman defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) picked up four ground balls and led the squad with four caused turnovers.

Dickmander put Hanover on the scoreboard in the opening two minutes of action with her second goal of the season.

Mount St. Joseph countered with two goals in a 75-second span to surge ahead 2-1 with 26:10 left in the first half.
Taylor tied the contest at 2-2 at the 25:14 mark with her 14th goal of the season.

The Lions, however, answered with nine straight goals to eventually stretch a lead to 11-2 fewer than three minutes into the second period.

Miller fed Gough for a goal with more than 25 minutes to play in the contest. The tally was the 17th of the season for Gough.

Fogus, after a pass from Palmer, netted her team-leading 32nd goal at the 14:41 mark.

Mount St. Joseph capped the scoring with the final marker with 10:03 remaining.

With the win, Mount St. Joseph raised its record to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in the conferenece.

Hanover at Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics

Hanover drops HCAC match to Defiance

Hanover College’s men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to Defiance College (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Junior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Nolan Carrico (Sellersburg, Ind.) paired for an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles against Defiance’s Mike Ross and Justin Walker.

Freshman Alex Kitchel (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up Hanover’s lone singles win. Kitchel rallied to defeat the Yellow Jackets’ Tory Savage, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) in a battle at No. 5.

With the loss, the Panthers’ slipped to 4-8 overall and 0-4 in the league. Defiance, meanwhile, improved to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

Hanover vs. Defiance (Ohio) results

Panthers set personal marks at Twilight Meet

Sophomore Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) jumped a personal-best 5.11 meters to win the women’s long jump and classmate Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) placed third in the 3,000-meter run to lead the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Twilight Meet.

Dean’s 10:39.65 effort ranks second in Hanover history, just shy of former All-American Leah Peelman’s 2004 mark of 10:33.42.

Senior Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis, Ind.) continued her comeback from an early-season injury, running a season-best 16.02 seconds to place second in the 100-meter hurdles.

Junior Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) ran a five-second personal-best to move into second place in the Hanover record books in the 800-meter run. She placed fifth in 2:21.97.

Sophomore Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) placed seventh in the same event, running a season-best 2:24.13.

Three Hanover women scored in the 1,500-meter run, led by sophomore Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.).

Trachtman ran a season-best 4:57.28 to place fifth overall. Senior Claire Hinshaw (New Castle, Ind.) ran a personal-best 4:58.67, as did junior Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) in 5:06.70.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Moseby, Hubbard, sophomore Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) and freshman Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) ran a season-best 51.73 seconds to place sixth.

Sophomore Megan Richey (Marshall, Ill.) placed eighth in the discus throw (28.03 meters), while junior Lauren Alexander (Santa Claus, Ind.) matched her place in the high jump with a season-best 1.48 meters.

Twilight Meet results

Rector, Franchini spark Panthers in Twilight

Freshman Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) and sophomore Enrico Franchini (Sao Paolo, Brazil) each earned third-place finishes to pace the Hanover College men’s track & field team at the Rose-Hulman Institution of Technology’s annual Twilight Meet.

Rector ran 8:53.42 to break Hanover’s school record in the 3,000-meter run. His mark breaks the previous record of 8:54.80, set by junior Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) in 2014.

Franke ran 9:02.62 to finish eighth in the same race.

Franchini ran a personal-best 50.40 seconds for his third-place finish in the 400 meters. Freshman Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) won his heat in the event in a personal-best 52.10 and placed sixth overall.

Senior Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.) placed sixth in the hammer throw. An effort of 44.06 meters moved Duncan into fifth in Hanover history.

Twilight Meet results

Kemmerer earns Heartland Conference honor

Senior Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) has been recognized as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s softball pitcher of the week.

Kemmerer picked up two victories as Hanover posted a 3-1 record in league games last week. The Panthers swept Franklin College, April 10, and split two games at Anderson University, April 12.

Kemmerer made four appearances for the Panthers, including two starts and two in short relief. She allowed just one run in 14 innings of work for a 0.07 earned run average. She scattered 11 hits, with just one for extra bases, issued four walks and tallied 19 strikeouts.

Kemmerer, now 8-3 this season, leads the Heartland Conference with 89 strikeouts. She ranks second in the HCAC in wins (eight), fourth in earned-run average (2.06) and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.216).

Hanover returns to the diamond, Saturday, April 18, for a league twinbill against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Kops-Bedel Stadium.