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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

Linksters second at Defiance turn

Hanover College’s men’s golf team is second among five teams midway through the 36-hole Defiance College (Ohio) Spring Invitational. The two-day tournament is being played at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio.

Hanover totaled 300 strokes to land just four shots behind front-runner Ohio Northern University, which tallied 296. Tiffin University (Ohio) is third with a 305.

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) turned in a one-over-par 73 to lead the Panthers. Geary is tied for third place in the 40-athlete field.

Freshman Joe Korjenek (Franklin, Tenn.) is tied for seventh after posting a 74, while classmate Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) is 10th with a 76. Sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) fired a 77 to complete Hanover’s scoring.

Ohio Northern’s Tyler Davis sits on top of the leaderboard after 18 holes. Davis shot a three-under 69 to hold a one stroke lead on Defiance’s Alex Miday (70).

Defiance Spring Invitational first-round results

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

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.

Vidal leads golfers at Hanover Invitational

Sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) tied for the top spot on the leaderboard to pace Hanover College’s men’s golf team in a fourth-place finish at the Hanover Invitational. The 36-hole tournament was held at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, Ind.

Vidal fired a 145 (74-71), including a one-under-par 71 in the second round to finish in a tie with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sanders Park after 36 holes in the event. Park, however, claimed medalist honors after defeating Vidal in a three-hole playoff.

Hanover totaled 613 strokes (311-302) to finish just five shots behind the University of Northwestern Ohio. The Racers grabbed the tournament’s team title with a 608 (300-308) on the 6,724-yard course.

Davenport University (Mich.) and Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) tied for second place. Each team totaled a 609. Thomas More College (Ky.) was fifth with 615 strokes (301-314).

Freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned a 17th-place finish with a two-day total of 155 (75-80). Sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) was 29th in the 65-golfer field after posting a 158 (81-77). Senior Matt Ehman (Noblesville, Ind.) was one shot behind in 32nd place (81-77). Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) rounded out Hanover's squad with a 163 (81-82) He finished 43rd.

Hanover Invitational final results

Woods’ game-winner caps Senior Day rally

Hanover College’s women’s lacrosse team rallied from a 6-2 deficit to earn a 9-7 victory against Thomas More College (Ky.) in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference battle at Alumni Stadium.

Senior midfielder Paige Woods (North Manchester, Ind.) scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:43 to play and freshman defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) added an insurance goal with 3:35 left to clinch Hanover’s third win of the season.

Junior Megan Weaver (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Mallory Fogus (Midland, Mich.) each netted two goals to provide offensive support from the midfield slot.

Thomas More grabbed a 4-1 lead fewer than nine minutes into the contest. The Saints led 6-2 with 10 minutes left in the opening half. Miller, who scored two first-period goals, cut the margin to 6-3 at halftime with her second goal of the frame.

Junior attacker Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) netted her 13th goal of the season to start a three-goal spurt by the Panthers early in the second half. Weaver followed Taylor’s goal less than two minutes later and Fogus added another at the 13:35 mark to tie the match at 6-6.

Thomas More (0-9; 0-8 ORLC) countered to regain the lead at 7-6 with 11:08 on the clock. Weaver, however, converted a pass from Taylor just 43 seconds later to knot the score at 7-7.

Three minutes later, Woods charged the net for her first collegiate goal to give Hanover the lead for good.

The Panthers, making the squad's final home appearance of the season, got a team-high eight shots from Fogus, while Miller fired a season-high five attempts at the net.

In addition to a goal and an assist, Taylor led the Panthers (3-10; 2-6 ORLC) with six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Shroyer and freshman goaltender Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) each picked up five ground balls.

Mousa also tallied five saves, including four in the second period during Hanover’s rally.

Hanover vs. Thomas More (Ky.) statistics

Softball knocks Anderson from atop HCAC standings

Hanover College’s softball team split a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill at league-leading Anderson University.

Hanover used two big innings to grab a 10-1 victory in just five innings in the opener. Anderson shut out the Panthers, 4-0, in game two.

Hanover scored six times in the second inning and added four runs in the fifth inning to post the lopsided win in the first contest.

Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.), junior outfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) and freshman designated player Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) each collected three hits to lead the Panthers’ 15-hit offensive attack.

Merrick knocked in three runs and also scored one run. Burke crossed the plate twice and had one run-batted-in. Powers tallied two RBI and scored once.

Senior hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) raised her record to 8-3 this season with a five innings in the circle. She scattered seven hits and allowed one earned run with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Panthers had five hits in the six-run second inning, which was fueled by two-run singles by Merrick and Powers.

The squad had six hits in the four-run fifth inning. Three of the runs were unearned.

Hanover at Anderson game one statistics

Hanover totaled five hits in the second game, but could not put a run across the plate in the 4-0 setback. Freshman outfielder Dabner Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) had two of the Panthers’ hits, including a double.

Anderson (14-6; 6-2 HCAC) scored once in the second inning and added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) tossed the first four and two-thirds innings. Phillippe (3-2) gave up six hits and two earned runs.

Kemmerer worked the final one and one-third innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts.

Hanover is now 12-8 overall and 4-4 in the Heartland Conference.

Hanover at Anderson game two statistics