Athletics News
Men's tennis tallies 7-2 win at Wittenberg

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – For the third consecutive match, the Hanover College men’s tennis team tallied a 7-2 victory, this time defeating Wittenberg on the road Monday evening.

The Panthers (11-7) have now won five straight matches and are 7-2 in the month of April. The Tigers fall to 7-15 overall with the loss.

Three different players for HC picked up both singles and doubles points in the win against Wittenberg. Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) were paired together at No. 3 doubles, taking the point with a score of 8-3.

Barrett then went on to win at No. 2 singles with two, 6-3 set victories. Bates competed in the fifth slot I singles competition as he won 6-0, 6-3.

The third member to record two wins on the day was Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.). Clark and Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) took No. 1 doubles 8-4, before Clark went on to add a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

Andrew Fox (Muncie, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) won in straight sets at three and six singles respectively, as both posted 6-0 wins in the second set.

Hanover will take the conference’s longest active winning streak into a home contest with Earlham at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

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Stover's ninth-inning heroics make it five straight wins for baseball

BATAVIA, Ohio – Hanover’s baseball team picked up its fifth consecutive victory after freshman Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) posted a RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, as the Panthers held on for a 6-5 win on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied at 5-5, John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the ninth inning. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error and with two outs in the frame Stover hit a single through the left side to put HC up 6-5.

Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) conceded one hit in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out two batters en route to his fifth save of the season.

The Panthers (10-21, 7-12 HCAC) have moved into a three-way tie for seventh in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and are just four games back from the fourth and final qualifying spot for the conference tournament. Hanover has eight games remaining in its conference schedule.

Stover went 2-for-4 at the plate, as he was one of four Panther batters to record two hits in the contest. Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) pitched 0.2 innings in relief as he picked up his first career collegiate victory.

After a scoreless three innings both HC and MSJ tallied three runs in the fourth frame. Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.) ripped a double down the left field line for one of his two hits in the ballgame, which scored Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.). Peyton Jones (Plainfield, Ind.) singled to left field and later scored on a ground out for the second run of the inning. The final run came on a Kyle Kruer (Sellersburg, Ind.) base hit which scored Bailey.

Kruer and Bailey combined to add another run in the top of the sixth inning as Bailey walked and then scored on a Kruer double to right center. Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) made it back-to-back RBI doubles to put HC in front 5-3.

The Lions (18-15, 7-13 HCAC) tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the contest at 5-apiece.

Hanover held a 10-9 advantage in hits for the contest as it is the third time in the last four games that the Panthers have recorded double digit hits.

The Blue and Red have the longest active winning streak in the HCAC at five, and will take the streak into a 6 p.m. contest against Franklin at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Softball earns split at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Taking a break from conference action, the Hanover College softball team split a road doubleheader at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, dropping the opener 1-0 before taking the second game 6-2.

The Panthers are now 14-15 overall this season. the 6-2 win snapped the Pomeroys’ eight game winning streak, as SMWC goes to 27-6 overall.

Hanover was led in the second half of the doubleheader by Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.), who recorded three hits in four at-bats, driving in a team high two runs. Four other batters for HC added two hits in the contest as well.

The Blue and Red received a complete game performance from Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) in the pitching circle. Phillippe conceded eight hits in the ballgame, but allowed just two runs, as SMWC stranded seven runners on base.

Freshman Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) reached on an error in the second inning, as Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.), who singled earlier in the frame scored, giving HC its first lead of the day at 1-0.

The Pomeroys scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a brief advantage, before a four-run fifth inning for the Panthers gave them a 5-2 edge.

With one out in the fifth, HC recorded three consecutive hits as Dabney Skutt’s (Indianapolis, Ind.) single to left field scored Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.). Then with the bases loaded Hughes doubled to right center field to drive in two runs.

McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) reached base safely on a hit by pitch and later came across home plate on a ground out for the fourth run of the inning.

Poe hit a RBI double down the left field line in the seventh inning to add an additional insurance run, putting HC up 6-2.

After allowing the two runs in the fourth frame, Phillippe retired the Pomeroys in order in the fifth through seventh innings.

In the opening game, the Panthers tallied just three hits in the contest. Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a scoreless game until the bottom of the sixth inning, where she conceded one run on two hits.

Hanover will return to conference play at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, when they travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a two game set.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers go low in opening rounds of HCAC Championship

SEYMOUR, Ind. – Sparked by a second round 297, the Hanover College men’s golf team sits in second place after the opening two rounds of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

The Panthers hosted the opening two rounds this past Saturday and Sunday at Shadowood Golf Course, posting team scores of 302 and 297. Hanover has now recorded sub-300 rounds in two of its last three tries.

Junior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) was the big mover on Day Two as he was the only player to shoot under par in the second round with a 71, to move up 19 spots after an opening round 80. Hamilton is currently tied for eighth and leads the field in pars with 24.

Leading the way in scoring through two rounds is freshman Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) as he is in a tie for sixth with a total of 150 (77-73). Smith has had a balanced attack through two rounds, ranking among the top 10 in par three, four, and five scoring averages.

Also tied for eighth with Hamilton is freshman Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.). Butte ripped off rounds of 76 and 75 to record a 151 at the tournament’s halfway mark. Leading the team in par five scoring average at minus-five, Butte also recorded the most birdies for HC with seven.

Junior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) is tied for 11th with a mark of 153 (75-78). Vidal tied for the team lead in par four scoring average at plus-two.

Sophomore Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it five Panthers in the top half of the field as he is tied for 17th after a two round score of 156 (74-82).

Hanover trails Transylvania by two strokes, as the Pioneers posted a 597 in the opening weekend. The Pioneers have won each of the last nine HCAC championships.

In all, the Blue and Red recorded eight of a possible 10 rounds under the 18 hole scoring average of 79.03.

The Panthers will complete the final two rounds of the conference championship next weekend at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash, Indiana. The third round will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers take two at Mount. St. Joseph

BATAVIA, Ohio – The Hanover College baseball team earned its third and fourth consecutive conference victories on Saturday afternoon, defeating Mount St. Joseph 2-0 and 11-9.

The four game winning streak for the Panthers (9-21, 6-12 HCAC) is the longest active streak among any team in the conference. The Lions are now 18-14 overall and 7-12 in the HCAC.

GAME ONE

The Panthers received their second consecutive solid outing from the starting pitching staff as Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) went 7.2 innings, allowing no runs on just three hits. Brunner also struck out six to record his first victory of the season.

Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) picked up his fourth save of the season, as he allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth frame.

Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) led off the contest with a double to right field and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) then drove in Ares with a ground out to third base, giving the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) walked and eventually scored to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage. Scheil stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and then scored on a balk.

Brunner did not allow a hit in the first four innings before conceding a base hit in the fifth and sixth frames.

The 2-0 win is HC’s first shutout victory of the season.

GAME TWO

The second game saw big inning fireworks from each sides, as both HC and MSJ posted an inning of five runs or more. Ares went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Panthers in game two.

Shine added a 2-of-3 performance, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.) scored a team high three runs, while going 2-for-3 and driving in another two runs.

Hanover outhit the Lions 14-6 in the contest, and committed zero errors to MSJ’s four. The Blue and Red left nine runners stranded while the Lions totaled five.

Trailing by one run entering the top of the ninth inning, HC rallied to score five runs to recapture the lead at 11-7. Peyton Jones (Plainfield, Ind.) posted a RBI base hit to score Shine and was followed by a Bailey double which scored two runs. Ares and Scheil each added RBI singles to center field to cap the scoring melee.

In the top of the opening inning is where the Panthers took their first lead of the second contest, when Shine and Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) each recorded RBI singles to right field, putting HC in front 2-0.

Scheil reached on an error in the third inning as he later scored to put the Blue and Red up 3-1. The Lions however, tacked on six runs on three hits in the bottom half of the frame, taking their first lead of the day at 7-3.

A sacrifice bunt from Kyle Kruer (Sellersburg, Ind.) and a sac fly from Shine scored Bailey and Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) in the fourth frame, cutting the gap to 7-5. Meszaros went 2-for-2 in the ballgame and scored twice.

Ares singled down the right field line in the eighth inning to score Bailey, closing the deficit to 7-6 and setting up the ninth inning rally.

The Panthers will be back in action today, Sunday, April 24, as they close out the weekend series with Mount St. Joseph at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Softball sweeps Rose-Hulman on the road

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team took two road wins in thrilling fashion at Rose-Hulman on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-0 and 6-5 in nine innings.

The two wins today gives HC a 7-3 record over its last 10 games, and improves them to 13-14 overall and 5-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

GAME ONE

Sydney Griffin (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched her third shutout of the season, improving her record to 8-4. She allowed just two hits, striking out a season high 11 RHIT batters.

Griffin was on early, retiring the first nine Engineer batters she faced. It was not until the bottom of the fourth inning that RHIT broke up Griffin’s no-hit bid.

Each side went scoreless over the first six frames, taking a 0-0 stalemate into the final inning. With one out in the top of the seventh McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) singled and was followed by a double from Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) to put two runners in scoring position.

After a strikeout, Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a single to score Writt, and a fielding error by the Engineers (11-15, 2-8 HCAC) scored Hughes on the play as well, giving HC a 2-0 advantage.

Griffin allowed just one base runner in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, but recorded three punch outs to secure the win.

The Engineers left seven runners stranded for the game while the Panthers left just two runners on. Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits in the opener, going 2-for-3.

GAME TWO

With a 3-for-4 performance in the second half of the doubleheader, Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) led the team in hits, tallying one run scored and one RBI as well. Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) added two hits in three at-bats.

Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) pitched three innings in relief, allowing zero earned runs to pick up her first collegiate victory. Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) started in the pitching circle, going six innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

The Panthers led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, which was where the Engineers rallied to score three times to send the game to extra innings.

Luster recorded a sacrifice fly to left field to score Writt, who was placed on second as part of the international tie breaker rule. Rose-Hulman again tied the contest in the bottom half of the eighth to continue the contest.

Haleigh Kelly (Coatesville, Ind.) posted a RBI single in the ninth, and later scored what would end up being the game winning run on a passed ball.

Wiseman retired all three batters she faced in the ninth, allowing just the one international tie breaker run.

Gabby Ritchey scored on a passed ball in the first inning and Hughes added a RBI sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Blue and Red up 2-0. Burke gave HC a 3-0 edge in the top of the fourth with a RBI double to score Poe.

The Panthers are now 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.

Hanover will stay on the road for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Third quarter surge key in Senior Day win for men's lacrosse

HANOVER, Ind. -- A strong third quarter propelled the Hanover men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over the Thiel (Pa.) Tomcats on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon.

Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) lead the way in goals for the Panthers with four. Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) and Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) each tallied two goals while Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) and Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) both scored one.

The face-offs were dominated by freshman Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) who went 13-of-22, while collecting a team high seven ground balls. Hanover also proved successful over Thiel in clear attempts securing 22-of-24.

A single DeLeo goal in the first quarter with 9:15 remaining put the Panthers down 3-1 at the end of the first. Just fourteen seconds into the second quarter, Szczublewski sank a goal from Greene to close the gap at 3-2.

Thiel registered two more goals until another DeLeo goal while up a man brought HC within two, at 5-3, with 6:06 remaining second quarter. The final goal of the half came from Schell with 2:20 remaining to close the deficit to 5-3.

Hanover yielded the first goal of the third quarter before the Blue and Red went on a 5-0 run through the remainder of the quarter to lift them above the Tomcats 9-6. Schell scored twice during the run.

Thiel then went on their own 3-0 run in the beginning of the fourth stanza before a final, game-winning, Schell goal came with 6:37 remaining to keep the Blue and Red unbeaten in conference play.

Seniors Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.), Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.), and Eric Haywood (Noblesville, Ind.) were each recognized prior to the contest for their contributions to the program in celebration of Senior Day at Alumni Stadium.

The Panthers will be back in action on Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. where the Pioneers of Transylvania come to Alumni Stadium.

Written by Sports Information Intern, David Gibson.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers run win streak to four with win at Defiance

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover College men’s tennis team won its fourth consecutive match, picking up a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road contest at Defiance, 7-2.

The Panthers improved to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the HCAC as they have now won six of their last seven matches. The 10 wins on the season also ties the most wins for the program since a 10-7 mark during the 2010 season.

Hanover took two of the three doubles matches to start the day, as Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) swept No. 3, 8-0. Two other freshmen in Andrew Fox (Munice, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) teamed at No. 2 doubles to win 8-6.

Singles action saw the Blue and Red drop just one match, while taking five. Senior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) and Clohessy each lost just one game in each of their matches. Clark took No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-0, and Clohessy won at No. 6, 6-0, 6-1.

Bates posted his second victory of the day at No. 5 singles by a count of 6-1, 6-1. His doubles partner, Barrett, added a second win on the day with a 6-3, 6-1 mark at No. 2.

At No. 3 singles, Fox recorded a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

The Panthers will have a day off before traveling to face Wittenberg at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Women's lacrosse drops season finale at Franciscan

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The Hanover College women’s lacrosse team dropped its final regular season match on the road to the Barons of Franciscan (Ohio), 11-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Cassidy Coates (Evansville, Ind.) lead the defensive effort for the Panthers, causing a total of three turnovers in HC’s defensive zone. Coates along with Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.) each collected three ground balls in the effort.

Franciscan (8-5) held every statistical category on the day. The Barons edged Hanover in draw controls, winning eight to the Panthers’ five.

Dalisha Rivera-Rodriguez (Louisville, Ky.) led HC in shot attempts with five. In her final game for Hanover, Megan Weaver (Indianapolis, Ind.) added three shot attempts.

The Panthers allowed five goals in the first half, all in the final 11 minutes, and six more in the second half.

Hanover finishes its second season with a program record of 5-11, 2-6 in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference play.

The Blue and Red are currently tied for seventh in the ORLC with a chance to move into a tie for sixth in the final conference standings.

Written by Sports Information Intern, David Gibson.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers compete at Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet

Senior Teresa Wiczynski (Columbus, Ind.) shattered the 3000-meter run record while classmate Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) won the 800-meter run to lead the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the Rose-Hulman Twilight.

Wiczynski took the lead from the gun, clearly eyeing Leah Peelman’s 2004 record of 10:33.42. She finished second overall, running 10:18.74, a personal-best time of 34 seconds.

In the 800, senior Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) set the pace early, clocking the first lap in a blazing 1:06, with DeBeck and two Illinois Wesleyan University runners close behind. DeBeck made a strong move with 250 meters remaining and outdistanced the field by two seconds to run a personal-record 2:19.66. Her time ranks second in Hanover history behind the 2:19.38 effort run by Sara Lucas in 2012.

Smith ran 2:22.67 to finish fourth in the event, while senior Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) matched her place, running a personal record of 5:04.16 in the 1500-meter run.

Freshman Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) placed fourth in the pole vault (3.08-meters), fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.26), and ran the leadoff leg on the fourth-place 4 x 100-meter relay.

Freshman Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) also cleared 3.08-meter in the pole vault and placed third by merit of less misses.

Clancy teamed with Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.), Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) and Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) to run a season-best 51.79 in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

Jervis placed 8th in the 400-meter run, winning her heat in a season-best 1:03.55.

Classmate Megan Richey (Marshall, Ill.) placed eighth in shot put (8.62-meters), discus (29.81-meters), and hammer throw (36.89-meters).

Junior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) finished fifth in the long jump (4.90-meters) and sixth in the 200-meter run in a season-best 27.06.

The Panthers return to action April 29-30 at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Championship at Bluffton, Ohio.