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Baseball updates start times for weekend series with Bluffton

KT Young Ballpark aerial shot

HANOVER, Ind. – The baseball series between Hanover and Bluffton, scheduled for this weekend, has updated start times due to the predicted forecast.

The three-game, home weekend series will now open with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28. The series will conclude with a single game Saturday at noon.

All three games will still be played at K.T. Young Ballpark. Live stats will be available for Friday's doubleheader.

The Panthers will still honor their six seniors prior to Saturday's game, while also recognizing James '67 and Kate Gaunt with a ceremony prior to first pitch.

For breaking news on Hanover College Athletics, follow us on social media, @HanoverPanthers.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Volleyball Puerto Rico Trip - Day Two

Volleyball team picture before entering the rainforest

DAY ONE

PHOTO GALLERY

Our second blog from the volleyball team’s trip to Puerto Rico comes from the group staying in Room 212. The group decided to send a letter to Steven, a local who joined their excursions on Sunday. You can check out the first blog, plus our on-going photo gallery of the trip at the links above.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Room 212

Dear Steven,

You weren't with us during our first practice in Puerto Rico when it was 89 degrees, but you were with us when we explored the El Yunque Rainforest. You taught us not to ask, "How much longer?" but instead, we enjoyed the endless 5 minutes we had with each other. And when it was slippery on the trail, you taught us to watch each other's backs by yelling 'CEMENT!'. We all may not have caught lizards and pierced our ears, but we all tasted the sweet, sweet mangos of Puerto Rico, wore the 'Necklace of Champions,' and chased waterfalls that everyone told us to stay away from. Thank you for capturing every moment so we could flood our followers on Snapchat.

At the end of the night, you taught us to overcome our fears and become less picky eaters by trying a traditional Puerto Rican meal, like Mofongo.

Steven, you really know how to escape the heat because you were not with us again for the second day of practice, with a whopping 90 degrees+ in the gym, with two fans, and we are not talking about the people. But Steven, you definitely have all the facts and knowledge to prepare us to win Jeopardy. Thank you for showing us Old San Juan and allowing us to be the OG Tourists that we are; visiting the shops, water, statues, and popular sites.

You taught us to always eat dessert first by visiting the local Ice Cream Roll Lab, then ending the night with dinner at either the famous Taco Bell or Wendy's. Steven, thank you for the endless laughter and always getting us back in time for happy hour.

Sincerely,

HVCB

Panthers fall at Transylvania

Bret Schell and Gage Hafl running

BOX SCORE

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team dropped an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference contest at Transylvania Tuesday evening, 13-5.

The Panthers (2-11, 1-5 ORLC) received three points from sophomore Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) in the loss, as he recorded one goal and two assists. All of DeLeo’s points came in the second half.

A trio of sophomores in Al Alessia (Crown Point, Ind.), Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio) and Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) each posted one goal in the game. Also scoring was freshman Dallas Fonner (Evansville, Ind.).

Defensively, freshman Eric Clay (Wilmington, Del.) led the team with nine ground balls. Hanover logged just two caused turnovers in the game, with Alessia and sophomore Keaghan Holland (Evansville, Ind.) recording one apiece.

Transylvania (11-3, 7-0 ORLC) got off to a strong start, scoring the game’s first five goals before HC could light up the scoreboard with a goal from Alessia at the 8:02 mark of the second quarter. The Panthers trailed 6-1 at the intermission.

Hanover scored two of the first three goals in the third quarter, closing the deficit to four goals, but the Pioneers finished the frame on a 3-0 scoring run. The Blue and Red got as close as five goals in the fourth quarter, but again, Transy finished the period on a 3-0 scoring run.

The Panthers will close out the 2017 season with a home contest against Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29. Hanover will also honor its three seniors Saturday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Stover logs three hits in loss at Franklin

Ty Stover

BOX SCORE

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover baseball team fell in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Franklin Tuesday evening, 7-1.

The loss drops the Panthers to 16-16 overall and 7-13 in HCAC play. With the win, Franklin improves to 19-14 overall and 11-9 in the HCAC.

Sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) logged three hits in the contest, while also driving in Hanover’s lone run in the fifth inning. Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) ripped a double to left center and scored on a base hit from Stover to left field.

Overall, the Blue and Red held a 10-7 edge in hits, but left 12 total runners on bases. Hanover left multiple runners stranded in four of the nine innings Tuesday evening.

The Panthers had four pitchers appear in the contest, including sophomore Braydan Luce (Avon, Ind.), who blanked the Grizzlies in the eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced. Senior Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit.

Sophomore Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) reached base safely in three of his four plate appearances, logging a base hit in the second plus a pair of walks.

The Grizzlies posted four runs in the third inning to take an early lead. After HC responded with a run in the fifth, Franklin added one run in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh inning.

Hanover will look to bounce back this weekend, when they host Bluffton for the final home weekend series of the season. The Panthers and Beavers are slated to open the series with a 4:15 p.m. contest Friday, April 28.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's tennis cruises to 9-0 win over Transylvania

Brent Barrett backhand shot

RESULTS

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team won its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Tuesday evening, knocking off Transylvania at home, 9-0.

The Panthers (9-10, 4-2 HCAC) have now won three straight conference matches by a count of 9-0 and have clinched a spot in next weekend’s HCAC Tournament after Tuesday’s victory.

Hanover opened the contest against Transylvania (0-15, 0-7 HCAC) by winning all three doubles matches. Freshmen Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Mitchell Minniear (Muncie, Ind.) led throughout, winning the No. 3 doubles match, 8-1.

In the second doubles contest, sophomores Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) picked up an 8-2 victory. After falling behind 5-4, junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) rallied to win the final four games at No. 1 doubles, taking the match 8-4.

All six singles matches were completed in straight sets, with them all in favor of Hanover. Barrett was one of three Panthers to win the first set 6-0, as he added a 6-0 second set victory as well, in the No. 2 match. Also winning the first set by a count of 6-0 were Carrico and Helmers, as the freshmen both logged 6-1 second set wins at No. 1 and No. 5.

Smith competed in the No. 3 singles spot, as he conceded just two games in two sets, winning 6-1, 6-1. Clohessy won the No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-4, while Minniear notched a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the final spot.

Hanover will now turn its attention to a road contest with Franklin. The Panthers and Grizzlies are slated for a 5 p.m. match Wednesday, April 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Softball vies for HCAC Tournament spot during final week of regular season

Allison Wiseman playing first base

SEASON STATS

HCAC STANDINGS

HANOVER, Ind. – With the final week of the regular season upon us, the Hanover softball team will conclude its busy stretch of games with a pair of road conference doubleheaders.

The Panthers (17-11, 7-5 HCAC) are coming off a back-to-back, which saw them play four games, going 2-2 this past Sunday and Monday, and will added four more contests later this week.

Hanover will travel to Franklin for a 3:30 p.m. twinbill this Wednesday, April 26, and the team will then cap the regular season with a doubleheader at Defiance, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29.

With the final week of the regular season here, the Panthers are still among the top teams in the conference vying for a spot in next weekend’s HCAC Tournament. The Blue and Red sit in fifth place currently, just one game back from Anderson for the fourth and final spot in the Tournament selection.

The Panthers most recent outing, at Transylvania Monday afternoon, saw the team split a doubleheader with a 1-0 loss and 5-4 victory. Sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a complete game in the opener, and came on to pick up the victory in the second game, as she totaled 8.1 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts. Griffin allowed just two hits and one run on Monday, striking out seven batters in each game, including every Transy batters she faced in the nightcap.

On the season, Griffin is second in the HCAC in total strikeouts with 101, and in games played through April 20, she ranks in the top 30 nationally in K’s per seven innings, 7.8. The sophomore has an earned run average of 2.56, ranking second on the team behind classmate Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.), who is sitting at 2.23.

Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) continues to be a focal point in the Panther batting lineup, as she has a .376 average in 28 games this season. Skutt is ninth in the HCAC in batting average, as she also leads the team in RBI with 19.

Franklin enters Wednesday with a 20-14 overall record and 5-5 mark in conference play, but they have lost three straight and five of their last seven overall. Four Grizzlies are hitting over .300 and Olivia Paszek leads the pitching staff with a 9-5 record and 1.50 ERA.

Defiance sits just one-half game back from the top spot in the HCAC standings with an 8-3 conference record. The Yellow Jackets are 21-14 overall and will face Anderson at home Wednesday before welcoming HC. Megan Warren leads the offensive attack for DC, as she is batting .405 with 30 RBI and 16 runs scored.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Panthers in search of ORLC Tournament spot during final week of regular season

Hannah Mundt with possession

SEASON STATS

ORLC TIEBREAKERS

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team will be in search of its first ever Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Tournament appearance, as they close the regular season with a pair of road games this week.

The Panthers (7-7, 4-3 ORLC) are currently in sixth place, but are just one-half game back from the fourth and final spot for the conference tournament. The ORLC Tournament picture is still very cloudy as four teams, including Hanover, have two or three conference losses, and most of the teams will be playing each other this week. For a breakdown of tiebreaker scenarios for seeding, visit the PDF link above.

Hanover will open the week against the current fourth place team, Franklin, with a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday, April 26. The Blue and Red then close the regular season with a trip to Waynesburg (Pa.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29.

The Panthers are coming off a 13-10 road defeat at the hands of Saint Vincent (Pa.) last Saturday. Despite scoring the final four goals of the game and holding the Bearcats scoreless over the last 21 minutes of play, HC was unable to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

Senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team on both ends of the field last Saturday, as she scored a team high four goals, while also posting a game high seven ground balls. The senior added three draw controls and three caused turnovers as well.

Miller is second on the team in total points with 29, as she has recorded 21 goals and eight assists in 2017. The senior, along with junior Abby Shoryer (Zionsville, Ind.), are both tied for sixth in the ORLC in caused turnovers per game, 1.79.

Shroyer also leads the team and is second in the conference in draw controls per game at 4.57. The junior is retrieving just over three ground balls per game as well.

Junior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) continues to rank among the conference leaders in every statistical category for goalkeepers. She is second in goals against average (9.09), while also ranking second in the ORLC in save percentage (.486). Mousa’s save percentage is also among the top 60 in the country.

Franklin enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-4 overall mark and 4-2 record in the ORLC. The Grizzlies are in the middle of a 10-day stretch in which they will play a total of six games.

The Grizzlies rank near the middle of the pack in the ORLC in both goals per game and goals against average. Lexi Ingram has 34 goals and 17 assists, for a team high 51 points.

Waynesburg (0-13, 0-8 ORLC) will close out its season Saturday when they welcome the Panthers. Holly Bachman, who has 26 goals and 30 total points, has led the Jackets this season.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Volleyball Puerto Rico Trip - Day One

Volleyball team in front of team bus in Puerto Rico

Below is the first of four student written blogs for the volleyball team's spring trip to Puerto Rico. To view photos throughout the trip, visit our Flikr page or the Hanover Volleyball Instagram page.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Room 218

PUERTO RICO, #HCVB HAS ARRIVED! We left from Louisville after 5 a.m. this morning, and landed in San Juan just before noon. The warm weather greeted all 17 of us immediately as we stepped off the plane.

We enjoyed a gourmet lunch at our favorite local Wendy's (Peter's favorite restaurant). The food was the same, except for the fact that it was in Spanish, and there were different flavored frosties, which ranged from dulce de leche and Nutella.

After our lovely lunch, we journeyed off to the beach to jump some waves, catch some rays, and of course bury Mo in the sand!

Our long day of traveling and beaching ended with a dinner at Outback Steakhouse. We are off to bed now, mentally preparing ourselves for practice tomorrow and hiking the rainforest!

Deuces,

Room 218

Mo, Kelsey, Madi, Ally D.

Griffin strikes out 14 at Transylvania as softball splits twinbill

Sydney Griffin pitching

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover softball team scored twice in the sixth inning of the second game, as the late rally was good enough to earn a doubleheader split at Transylvania Monday.

The Panthers (17-11, 7-5 HCAC), who were playing on the second day of a back-to-back, dropped the opening game at Transylvania, 1-0, before rallying for a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Hanover finished the two-day stretch of four games, 2-2.

Hanover outhit the Pioneers 3-2 in the pitching duel to open Monday’s doubleheader, but could not scratch across any runs, as the Blue and Red failed to score in a game for just the second time all season. Transy got a leadoff double in the second inning, as the base runner later scored on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a complete game, allowing the one run on two hits. The sophomore also struck out seven batters to just two walks.

In the second half of the doubleheader, Griffin came on to pitch in relief, going the final 2.1 innings, striking out all seven batters she faced, as she picked up her ninth win of the season. On the day, the sophomore finished with 14 strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched.

The Panthers had seven hits from seven different players in the nightcap, with junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) driving in two runs on a double in the third inning. Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) drove in the first HC run of the game, earlier in the frame, with a base hit up the middle.

Skutt and junior Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) were the only two Panthers to record a hit in both games. Freshman Ashleigh Donnell (North Vernon, Ind.) logged a hit in the opener and scored once as a pinch runner in the second contest.

Hanover’s three-run third inning gave them a 3-2 edge after conceding two runs in the bottom of the first frame. The Pioneers (24-11, 8-4 HCAC) regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, to go in front 4-3.

With one out in the sixth, junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Jourdan McAfee (Palmyra, Ind.) reached base safely on back-to-back errors by Transy. A ground out moved the runners to second and third with two outs, as they both came across home plate in the next at-bat on another error by the Pioneers.

Griffin did not allow a base runner over the final two frames, striking out the last six Transy batters to secure the 5-4 victory for HC.

Hanover will continue a busy final week of the regular season with a doubleheader at Franklin, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Panthers wrap up series with Franklin, host Bluffon on the weekend

Coach greets player at first base

HANOVER, Ind. – With eight conference games remaining in the regular season, the Hanover baseball team will travel to Franklin Tuesday for a single game and then host Bluffton in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.

The Panthers dropped two of three over the weekend to Mount St. Joseph, but will look to get back on track Tuesday when they play Franklin for the third time this year at 4 p.m.

Sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) had a big weekend against the Lions. The second-year first baseman went 7 for 15 with four runs scored and nine RBI and is now hitting .342 in 114 at-bats.

Sophomore pitchers David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) posted quality starts for Hanover. Herrmann earned his fourth win of the season with seven innings of two-run baseball, while Zorb also allowed only two runs in 6.2 innings in a no decision.

The Panthers (16-15 overall, 7-12 HCAC) have dropped the first two games against Franklin, but will look to salvage the third and final game of the series. The Grizzlies will enter the game 18-14 overall and tied for fourth in the league at 10-9.

Sophomore Sam Claycamp is still among the league’s leaders in several offensive categories, including home runs (7) and RBI (34). Freshman Nick Wright also has seven home runs and leads Franklin with 35 RBI.

The Grizzlies’ pitching staff currently owns a 5.01 earned run average and has allowed three runs in four of their last seven games. In the last four games, Franklin is 1-3, and dropped two of three to Bluffton last weekend.

Speaking of Bluffton, the Beavers will come to Hanover Friday and Saturday for the Panthers’ final home weekend of the season. After a single game Friday at 4:15 pm, the Hanover will recognize its six seniors during Saturday’s doubleheader that will begin at 12 p.m. at K.T. Young Ballpark.

The Beavers are 13-18 overall and 6-13 in the HCAC and have gone 2-10 in their last 12. Of their 10 losses, seven have come by two runs or less.

Seniors Blake Fox and Luke Hickey lead the way offensively for Bluffton. Hickey is hitting .364 with 20 extra base hits and 23 RBI, and Fox is batting .345 with a team-high 25 RBI.

Senior pitchers Dyson Bowman and Jaylen Von Sossan have been two of the team’s top pitchers. Bowman leads the conference with a 1.71 ERA, while Von Sossan leads the HCAC with 65 strikeouts.

In last year’s meeting between the two teams, Hanover swept the series in Bluffton, including a 4-3 win in 12 innings in game three.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu