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Smith named freshman of the year as Panthers place third at HCAC Championship

WABASH, Ind. – Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named HCAC Freshman of the Year, and also to the All-HCAC team to lead the Hanover men’s golf team at the HCAC Championship this past weekend.

Smith, fired a four round score of 307 (77-73-82-75) en route to posting the lowest score among all freshmen competing in the conference championship. With his total, Smith placed eighth overall.

The tournament started last weekend with Hanover hosting the first and second rounds in Seymour, Ind. at Shadowood Golf Course. The final two rounds occurred this past Saturday and Sunday at Honeywell Golf Course.

After the opening two rounds, HC was in second place and trailed first-place Transylvania by just two strokes. With a team score of 602 over the weekend at Honeywell, the Panthers finished third as a team.

Including Smith, the Blue and Red placed four members in the top 10 overall. Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) placed ninth with a tournament score of 308 (75-78-80-75).

Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) and Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) each shot 310, as the two tied for 10th place. Butte fired three rounds in the 70’s, recording scores of 76, 75, 81, and 78. Hamilton was the lone player in the field to score under par in round two as he finished with rounds of 80, 71, 80, and 79.

Tying for 20th overall, Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) bookended rounds in the 70’s for a score of 319 (74-82-85-78).

Transylvania took home its 10th consecutive conference championship with a four round total of 1210. Mount St. Joseph followed at 1221, and Hanover rounded out the top three at 1228. Defiance and Rose-Hulman place fourth and fifth respectively.

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Men's tennis picks up split in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Hanover College men’s tennis team picked up a 9-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory against Anderson, before dropping a 9-0 contest to Marian (Ind.) on Saturday.

The Panthers have now won four consecutive conference matches, which includes three sweeps.

Andrew Fox (Muncie, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) swept No. 3 doubles against Anderson (1-7, 1-6 HCAC), 8-0. At No. 2 doubles, Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) nearly matched them, winning 8-1.

Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) made it a clean sweep in doubles action, taking No. 1 by a count of 8-5.

Singles play saw all doubles participants win in straight sets. Fox and Clohessy each won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and No. 6 singles respectively.

In the fourth slot, Clark won 6-1, 6-0, and Bates took No. 5 singles by the same count.

The Panthers had won its last six matches before falling to Marian (16-9). Smith and Clark came close to picking up a point at No. 1 doubles, but drop the match 9-8.

All six members fell in singles action in straight sets against the Knights.

Both matches were played at the West Indy Racquet Club due to weather.

Hanover will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, as they conclude regular season play at home against Earlham.

Anderson Results| Marian Results

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Four first-place finishes lead women's track at HCAC Championships

BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Four Panthers came away with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first place honors at the HCAC Conference Meet, hosted by Bluffton (Ohio) on Friday and Saturday.

The freshman pole vaulting duo of Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) tied for first place, respectively, at finishing heights of 3.10m (10’ 2”) to rack up 18 points for the Panthers.

Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) leaped in the long jump for a first place leap of 4.93m (16’ 2”) to claim yet another first place victory for the Panthers. The junior also took second in the triple jump with a distance of 10.73m (35’ 2”). Hubbard then went on to garner more points for HC with a leap of 1.44m (4’ 8.75”) in the high jump for a fourth place finish. She also took third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.35 and also went on to tally more points, finishing fifth in the 400m hurdles in 1:12.05.

Senior thrower and Hanover College record holder, Ashlee Arbaugh (Findlay, Ohio) became another HCAC victor with her toss of 12.77m (41’ 10.75”) in the shot put to position herself atop the competition. Arbaugh also hurled the discus to a length of 36.15m (118’ 7”) for a fourth place performance in the event.

Two Panthers then swept the top two positions in the mid-distance events. During the 800m, the tag team of Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Kaleigh Debeck (Cromwell, Ind.) finished first and second, clocking in times of 2:21.95 and 2:26.13, respectively.

In the long distance events, Debeck (Cromwell, Ind.) took second in the 1500m, crossing the line in 4:54.18. Her classmate, Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.), had a third-place finishing time of 11:58.89 in the 3000m steeplechase.

Another second place finish came with the 4x400m relay team, where they finished with a time of 4:16.65. The 4x100m relay team finished fifth in the field with a time of 52.42.

Hanover finished second in the meet with a total of 128.50 points. Manchester (Ind.) won the meet with a total of 147 points. Rose-Hulman, Franklin, and Transylvania rounded out the top five, respectively.

Written by Sports Information Intern, David Gibson.

Men's track takes third place at HCAC Outdoor Championships

BLUFFTON, OHIO -- The Hanover College men’s track & field team finished a program high third place during the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet hosted by the Beavers of Bluffton on Friday and Saturday.

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) commanded his way to a first place finish in the 400m, clocking in a time of 49.01, a whole second ahead of the next finisher. His mark is a new school record topping Troy Durham's 2005 effort of 49.08 The Panther also finished fifth in the 200m in a time of 22.74.

His teammate, Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), joined him on the podium for the 400m where the freshman took fifth in 50.94.

Another HCAC victory came from Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) during the 10000m run with his winning time of 31:51.88. Rector also doubled in the 5000m, where he came away with second place in 15:32.64.

Junior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) qualified for the finals in the 800m where he finished in 2:07.46 for eighth place. Simon tallied more points in the 1500m with his fifth place time of 4:11.23.

Freshman Jacob Hendrick (Memphis, Ind.) positioned himself in seventh place in the 5000m along with Rector, crossing the line in 15:46.66.

In the 400m hurdles, Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) gained the Blue and Red more points with a time of 56.57. His time slotted him into fifth place.

Sophomore Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) came away in the field with a fifth place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 43.65m (143’ 2”).

Junior Kevin Scholz (Cincinnati, Ohio) took third in the javelin with a heave of 44.93m (145’ 9”) and freshman Brock Kitchel (Sheridan, Ind.) leaped for a fifth place finish in the high jump with a height of 1.68m (5’ 6”).

The 4x100m relay featured the Panthers finishing in third with their blazing fast time of 43.39. Another third place finish came in the 4x400m, where the team clocked in a time of 4:16.65.

Hanover finished third in the meet with 73.33 points. Rose-Hulman (Ind.) won with a grand total of 350.33 points ahead of second place Anderson (Ind.) which gained 105 points. Manchester (Ind.) and host Bluffton (Ohio) rounded out the top five, respectively.

Written by Sports Information Intern, David Gibson.

Baseball picks up two at Bluffton, runs win streak to eight

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover College baseball team continued its recent winning ways, running its current winning streak to eight after 4-3 and 14-2 wins at Bluffton on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (13-21) are now 10-12 in the HCAC and have moved into sixth place in the conference standings. Bluffton falls to 12-24 overall and 7-16 in the HCAC with the two losses.

Hanover and Bluffton were originally scheduled to play two games on Friday, but after nine innings in the second half of the doubleheader the game was tied at 3-3 and was suspended until Saturday morning.

The Panthers loaded the bases in the 11th inning with one out, but back-to-back strike outs stranded all three runners on base. It was not until the top of the 12th when Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) scored on a single from Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) that HC regained the lead.

Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) picked up his sixth save of the season as he stranded three Bluffton runners in the bottom of the 12th to secure the win at 4-3.

Ares finished the second game 4-for-7 at the plate, scoring twice. Cody Reister picked up his second win of the year, pitching 2.0 innings in relief and striking out three batters.

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the series finale, scoring seven runs over the first three innings, including four in the first, while also holding the Beavers scoreless.

Hanover scored all four runs in the first inning with two outs as Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) hit a RBI double, Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) drove in two with a single, and Peyton Jones’ (Plainfield, Ind.) base hit scored Stover.

Stover drove in his third run of the game with a double in the second and Shine’s single in the third frame scored two runs for the 7-0 lead.

In the seventh and final inning of Game Three, the Panthers tacked on five runs to push its advantage to 14-2. The Panthers received a base hit from Sizemore and Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.), scoring one and two runs respectively.

Both Ares and Sizemore went 3-for-5 in the second game on Saturday, combining for three RBI and five runs scored. Shine added two hits, two RBI, and three runs scored.

David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits. Herrmann struck out five batters to pick up his second win of the season.

Hanover scored 14 runs in two of the three games against Bluffton on the weekend, as the Panthers are averaging 8.4 runs per game during the eight game winning streak.

The Blue and Red will be back in action on Sunday when they are set for a 3 p.m. home contest with Franklin.

Game 2| Game 3

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Panthers drop regular season finale at Saint Vincent

LATROBE, Pa. – Six different players scored, but Hanover’s men’s lacrosse team dropped its second consecutive Ohio River Lacrosse Conference game, closing the regular season with an 8-6 loss at Saint Vincent.

With the loss, Hanover falls to 7-8 overall and 5-2 in the ORLC, as they lock up the second seed in the conference’s postseason tournament. Saint Vincent improves to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) and Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) each logged one goal and one assist to lead the Panthers with two points apiece.

Stephen Farrow recorded five ground balls, while also forcing a team high three turnovers. Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) tied Farrow for the team high in ground balls, also retrieving five.

The Bearcats opened the contest with the first three goals before a Warner score at the 5:20 mark of the first quarter made it 3-1 in favor of SVC.

Hanover scored the opening goal of the second period at 13:13 with a score from DeLeo. Nick Groves (Fishers, Ind.) then scored at the 6:34 mark and Szczublewski scored a man-up with just two seconds remaining in the half as the Panthers trailed 6-4.

Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.) scored in the third quarter with 6:36 remaining to cut the deficit to 7-5. Farrow added a goal with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter to close the gap to one, but a late SVC goal made it 8-6.

In a physical contest, there were 11 penalties, three from HC and eight for the Bearcats. Saint Vincent held a slight advantage in shots at 34-31 as each side also won nine face offs.

Hanover will host Washington & Jefferson in the semi-final round of the ORLC tournament at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

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Fifth inning fireworks engineer 9-0 win for softball

BLUFFTON, Ohio – With a 9-0, five inning victory on Saturday, Hanover’s softball team won its third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest by defeating Bluffton.

The Panthers were scheduled to play two at Bluffton (15-22, 3-12), and after the 9-0 win, the second contest was cancelled after four innings as the field was deemed unplayable.

With just the one game played on Saturday, Hanover finishes its regular season 17-17 overall and 8-7 in the conference. The Panthers HCAC mark moves them 0.5 game ahead of Manchester, who finished 8-8, for the fourth spot in the standings.

In her final regular season contest of her career, Lyndsea Burke posted three of HC’s nine hits, and added two runs. McKenzie Writt (Indianapolis, Ind.) logged three RBI to lead the team, while Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) added two RBI.

Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) allowed just four hits in the complete game victory, improving her record to 11- 6 this season. Griffin struck out nine batters in the game as well, the fourth time this season she has recorded at least nine strike outs.

The Blue and Red opened up the game with a seven-run fifth inning. Hanover sent 12 batters to the plate during the frame, as the first eight batters reached base safely. Writt and Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) each drove in two runs with base hits.

Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.), Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Burke each drove in one run on base hits in the fifth inning as well, as HC totaled seven runs on eight hits.

Griffin held the Beavers hitless over the first three innings as HC tallied the opening two runs of the game in the third frame. Burke singled and later scored on a throwing error and Writt then drove Ritchey in with a ground ball, fielder’s choice to the shortstop.

Hanover will await its postseason fate as the HCAC regular season concludes on Monday.

GAME 1 BOX SCORE

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Softball still hopeful for HCAC tournament spot with sweep over MSJ

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover College softball team took a pair of one-run games at Mount St. Joseph on Friday afternoon, winning 4-3, before a 5-4 victory in nine innings.

The Panthers (16-17) are now 7-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and moved into the fifth spot in the conference standings. With just a doubleheader remaining at Bluffton, HC trails Manchester, who is 8-8 in the HCAC, for the fourth and final spot in the postseason conference tournament.

Hanover received 10 hits from eight different players in the opening game. McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) doubled in the first inning for one of her two hits in the game, as Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored on the play to give HC an early 1-0 lead.

After a three-run third frame for the Lions (15-22-1, 4-10 HCAC) that gave MSJ its first lead, the Blue and Red responded with one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning to capture the 4-3 win.

Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled to lead off the fourth and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.).

Skutt scored her second run of the contest in the fifth inning after leading off the frame with a double, and scored on the next at-bat with a Writt single down the left field line.

Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) posted what would turn out to be the game winning hit with a single through the left side, scoring Kasie Doherty (Nabb, Ind.).

Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) picked up her ninth win of the season, as she pitched a complete game, holding the Lions to six hits while striking out seven batters.

The second tilt saw the Panthers get outhit 8-6, but the combined pitching effort from Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) and Griffin allowed just three earned runs in nine innings to secure the doubleheader sweep.

Phillippe started the game in the pitching circle, going 6.0 innings and striking out four batters. Griffin came on in relief to pitch 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and striking out four as she picked up her second win of the day.

Hanover did not record its first hit of the contest until the top of the sixth inning, which is where the Panthers scored the game’s first run. Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) led off the frame with a single to right center. Doherty then came on to pinch run and later scored on a Burke single up the middle.

The Lions however, tallied two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 advantage.

Down to their final out of the contest in the top of the seventh, the Panthers received a home run from Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) to tie the contest at 2-2 and force extra innings.

After a scoreless eighth inning, HC tacked on three runs in the ninth to secure its third extra-inning win in four tries this season. A Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) RBI single to center field gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead, and in the next at-bat Luster hit a home run to give HC two insurance runs.

Hanover will look to secure its spot in the HCAC tournament on Saturday at Bluffton. The doubleheader is scheduled for an 11 a.m. first pitch.

GAME 1| GAME 2

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Baseball wins sixth straight; Game two at Bluffton to resume on Saturday

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover College baseball team took game one at Bluffton on Friday evening 14-4, before the second game was suspended at 3-3 after nine innings due to light.

In the opener, HC received a four-run fifth and five-run ninth inning, plus multi-RBI performances from each of the top five batters in the line up to engineer its sixth straight victory.

John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring three runs and added two RBI. Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) led the team in the first game with three RBI as he was 2-for-6 and scored twice.

On the mound, Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) went seven innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- as he improved to 2-3 on the season.

Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) logged his lone hit of the contest in the top of the second inning, ripping a triple to score Brook Bailey (Madison, Miss.). Meszaros later scored on sacrifice fly by Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.), giving HC an early 2-0 lead.

The first four batters reached safely in the fifth frame for Hanover (11-21, 8-12 HCAC), as the run was capped with a double from Shine that scored two runs. Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) added his own two-RBI double later in the inning to put the Panthers up 6-1.

In the sixth inning, Shine tripled to score Fitch, and later crossed home plate himself on a wild pitch. After the Beavers (12-22, 7-14 HCAC) added two runs in the bottom half of the inning, HC led 8-3.

A Chase Sizemore base hit in the eighth inning gave the Panthers a 9-4 lead. Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) and Scheil each posted base hits that scored two runs each in the ninth to highlight the five run inning, giving HC the 14-4 edge.

The second game is currently in a 3-3 standstill after nine innings of play. The conclusion of the contest will occur at 10 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the series finale.

Hanover is outhitting the Beavers 11-5 in the second game, but have left 14 runners stranded through nine innings. Stover is the lone Panther with multiple hits in the contest.

Shine recorded a RBI single in the fifth inning, while Ares scored on a wild pitch and Sizemore logged a RBI sac fly in the seventh for HC’s three runs.

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Softball swept by Transylvania on Senior Day

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team received strong performances from its two seniors, but dropped both games in the home doubleheader with Transylvania on Thursday evening, 7-4 and 8-0.

In their final home games of their careers Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) and Kasie Doherty (Nabb, Ind.) each shined. Burke went 1-for-4 in the doubleheader, but made three diving catches in the field and scored two of HC’s four runs in the opener.

Doherty was one of just three batters in the 7-4 loss to record two hits as she also recorded on one run scored in the first half of the doubleheader.

After falling behind by two runs early, Hanover (14-17, 5-7 HCAC) tied the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning. The seniors combined to produce the first HC run as Doherty doubled to lead off the third and Burke drove her in with a single up the middle. Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it 2-2 with a RBI double to left center, scoring Burke.

A five-run fifth inning however, gave the Pioneers (24-10, 13-1 HCAC) a 7-2 advantage. Doherty, who singled to lead off the seventh frame later scored on a double from McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.). Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) also scored on the Writt hit as the Panthers fell 7-4.

In the second half of the doubleheader the Panthers tallied five hits from five different players, but could not scratch across a run falling 8-0.

The Pioneers logged two runs in the first and fifth innings, and a four-run fourth frame gave them eight runs for the contest. Hanover was outhit 12-5 in the second game.

The Blue and Red will be on the road Friday as they travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a doubleheader with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.

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