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Softball posts four-run innings in both victories on Opening Day

Sydney Griffin winds up for a pitch

YORK BOX

BRANDEIS BOX

CLERMONT, Fla. – Coming off a historic 2016 season, the Hanover softball team opened the 2017 campaign with a pair of neutral sites wins against York (Pa.) and Brandeis (Mass.) on Sunday.

Hanover, who made its first NCAA national tournament appearance last season, opened this year with a 5-2 victory against York. The Blue and Red later added a 6-5 win against Brandeis.

The Panthers received a complete game pitching effort from sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) in the opener. Griffin allowed just four hits, giving up two runs, while striking out 10 batters to pick up her first win of 2017. The sophomore added a save with a clean sheet, seventh inning against Brandeis.

Junior transfer Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich.) made her Hanover debut on Sunday, hitting .429 over the two games, while also successfully stealing two bases. Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) was the only other Panther to record multiple hits on Sunday, as she went 3-for-8.

After a scoreless two and a half frames against York, the Blue and Red posted a four-spot in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) reached on an error as she recorded a RBI with freshman Taylor Merrill (Brownsburg, Ind.) scoring. Burtscher’s infield single scored Ritchey later in the inning, while junior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) capped the frame with a two-RBI single.

The Spartans (1-2) scored twice in the fourth inning, but a RBI sacrifice fly from sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) in the sixth gave HC the 5-2 victory.

Hanover used another four-run inning against the Judges (3-3) in the second game of the day to help secure the 2-0 start. Skutt recorded a two-RBI double, while junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) also had a RBI double in the second inning for HC. Ritchey’s RBI single gave the Panthers a 4-2 lead after two complete.

Poe went on to add another RBI in the third inning, as her sacrifice fly scored sophomore Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.), who led off the frame with a single. Hanover led 5-2 after three innings.

The Panthers went up 6-2 in the top of the fifth with a RBI ground out from freshman Bailey Miller (Charlestown, Ind.). Brandeis scored a combined three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and led off the final frame with a double. Griffin then entered the pitching circle, where she retired three straight batters to secure the 6-5 win.

Hanover returns to the diamond for two more games on Monday, Feb. 27. The Blue and Red will open the doubleheader at 2 p.m. as they face Neumann (Pa.) and St. Mary’s (Minn.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Baseball opens season with doubleheader sweep against Finlandia

David Herrmann crosses home plate

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Behind a pair of complete game performances from sophomores David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio), the Hanover baseball team picked up two wins on the opening day of the 2017 season.

The Panthers, who are in Florida for five games to open the season, won their first two games of the season for the first time since 2014, when they defeated Brandeis (Mass.) and Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.).

Hanover picked up a 6-2 win in the opener over Finlandia (Mich.) on Sunday, and completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-5 victory.

Herrmann pitched in the opener where he went the full seven innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. The sophomore also recorded 10 strikeouts, while conceding just two walks.

In the second game, Zorb went the distance, giving up five hits and three earned runs. He recorded six strikeouts in the victory.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) recorded just two triples all of last season, as he matched that total with a three-bagger in each game today. Shine finished the day 2-for-6 at the plate, adding two runs and one RBI.

With three hits over the two-game span, senior Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) led the team. Dunn was 2-for-2 in the second game, adding two runs scored. Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored three runs on the day.

The opener saw the Panthers jump out to a 2-0 lead after three complete innings. After Shine hit a two-out triple in the first inning, he crossed the plate on a single from sophomore Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.), giving HC a 1-0 edge. Sizemore finished the first game 2-of-4 at the plate, driving in the one run.

Scheil led off the top of the third inning with his own triple, as he scored on a wild pitch. Finlandia (0-2) then tied the game up in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs with two outs.

Hanover answered right back, scoring four runs on three hits in the top half of the sixth frame. Dunn recorded a RBI sacrifice fly, while the other three runs all came on wild pitches.

Herrmann faced the minimum over the final two innings, securing the 6-2 win in the first game of 2017.

The Blue and Red continued the scoring early in the second half of the doubleheader, posting at least one run in each of the first three innings, including a crooked number in the first and third frames.

Again, Shine tripled in the first inning, this time, driving in Scheil who walked in the previous at-bat. Sophomore Bryce Fields (Connersville, Ind.) posted his lone hit of the game in the opening inning, driving in Shine to put HC in front 2-1.

Herrmann, who was the leadoff, designated hitter in the second game, drove in Dunn in the second inning, who opened the frame with a single and a steal. Hanover added four more runs in the third inning on just one hit, thanks to three walks and one hit-by-pitch, as they led 7-3 after three complete.

The Lions went on to tack on one run in the fifth and seventh innings, but it was not enough to catch the Panthers, who won 7-5.

Hanover will look to continue upon its strong start to the new season with a 10:30 a.m. contest against Neumann (Pa.) on Monday, Feb. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's basketball claims program's fourth HCAC tournament title

The team celebrates winning the HCAC Tournament Championship

BOX SCORE

HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time in more than 10 years, the Hanover men’s basketball team is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champions, defeating Mount St. Joseph 58-51 at home on Sunday afternoon.

The win secures No. 16 Hanover (22-3) the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament, which will begin next week. The Blue and Red are also the 2016-17 HCAC undisputed champions in men’s basketball, after winning the regular season title with a 16-2 mark in league play.

Hanover’s HCAC Tournament championship is its first since the 2004-05 season, which was also played in Collier Arena. The 2004-05 title capped a three-year run of HC winning the conference tournament title.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player award, as he recorded 18 points and seven rebounds. Muchmore made 8-of-12 field goals in the contest. The senior hit the game-winner in HC’s semifinal contest against Transylvania as well.

Also earning all-tournament accolades was junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). McKinney posted a game high 23 points in the win over MSJ, while also grabbing seven rebounds. The junior added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the victory over Transy.

Trailing by two points with just under 6:38 remaining, Hanover secured the automatic bid by outscoring the Lions (20-7) 13-4 down the stretch. McKinney drained two three pointers in the late run by HC.

Hanover had just seven players appear in the contest, with only six finding the scoring column. Muchmore and McKinney combined for over 70 percent of the team’s scoring, totaling 41 of HC’s 58 points.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded nine points, while juniors Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) and Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied for the team high in assists with three each. Smith also recorded a team high 10 rebounds.

Both teams started off hot offensively, combining to make the first five shot attempts in the game. Hanover made its first three tries from the floor to lead 7-4. The first half, and the game overall, was played within a tightly contested window, as there were a total of 10 ties and 10 lead changes.

Muchmore had the final bucket of the first half with 35 seconds remaining, giving HC a 28-27 edge at the intermission. The Lions largest lead of the game, five points, came in the first 20 minutes of play.

The first 14 minutes of the second half were played within a five-point window, with HC’s largest advantage being three points and MSJ’s being two points. Overall, the Panthers largest lead was seven points.

Hanover and MSJ were nearly identical in terms of shooting percentages, with the Panthers holding a slight 40-37 edge in overall field goal percentage. Both sides made exactly 20 field goal attempts and five shots from behind the arc. The real difference came at the foul line, where HC was 13-of-19, while the Lions went 6-of-7.

The conference championship marks Hanover’s fourth HCAC Tournament title since the conference realigned and renamed in the 1998-99 season. The Blue and Red will also be making their seventh NCAA National Tournament appearance.

The Panthers will wait to see who their opponent will be and if they are fortunate enough to host the opening two rounds, as the NCAA Selection Show is set for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

HCAC Championship Graphic

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Field Events lead the way at Fred Wilt

Erin Trimpe gets set for pole vault

RESULTS

Strong performances by a small squad of athletes kicked off Winter Break for the Hanover College Track & Field teams at the Anderson University Fred Wilt Invitational.

In the pole vault, sophomore Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) placed third in the women’s event as the top collegiate athlete with a 3.05 meter clearance, while freshman Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) cleared 3.95-meters to place fourth in the men's section.

Junior thrower Jacob Sofronko (Winchester, Ind.), followed up his school-record holder performance in the weight throw at the HCAC championship with a third-place 14.39-meter heave.

Hanover's lone sprinter of the day, freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) ran the fifth-fastest 400m in school history, placing sixth with a 52.20 effort.

Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) moved into fourth all-time at Hanover in the shot put with a 10.62-meter throw. The local product placed fifth in the event. The nationally-ranked pentathlete holds top five all-time marks in nine different indoor events at Hanover.

Hubbard, the school record holder in the pentathlon will travel to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bear Qualifier next Friday in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA DIII National Championship.

Monnin and the men’s distance medley relay will compete on Saturday in the same invitational.

Muchmore drains game-winner, No. 16 Panthers advance to HCAC Championship

Corey Muchmore goes up for the game winner against Transylvania

BOX SCORE

HANOVER, Ind. – For the third time this season, the No. 16 Hanover men’s basketball team defeated Transylvania on a last second shot, this time with a 78-76 win in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Semifinals, on Saturday evening.

With the win, Hanover advances to 22-3 overall and moves onto the HCAC Tournament Championship at home on Sunday. The Blue and Red have also won eight straight games overall and four consecutive home HCAC semifinal contests.

After Alex Jones of Transylvania made a layup with 21 seconds remaining, the Pioneers led 76-75. On the ensuing HC possession, senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) received the ball on the left block, where he converted on a drop down layup opportunity, as he was fouled. Muchmore cashed in on the free throw attempt, giving the Panthers a 78-76 lead with five seconds remaining.

Transylvania was given the final possession of the game, and its three-point attempt was on target but too strong, hitting the back of iron, securing the victory for HC.

Muchmore finished with a team high 18 points, making 8-of-11 field goal attempts. The senior also added five rebounds.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) posted his third straight double-double and his 11th of the season, totaling 15 points and 14 rebounds. His 14 boards ties a career high, which he set earlier this year.

Also scoring in double figures were sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio), 14, and junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.), 10. Fails and Buck, along with McKinney, each dished out two assists to lead the team.

The Panthers trailed by two at halftime, 40-38, but shot 61 percent from the field in the second half, making 14-of-23 attempts from the floor. Hanover also held TU to a .387 shooting clip over the final 20 minutes.

The Blue and Red made just three field goal attempts from behind the arc, but held a 44-32 edge in points in the paint, recording a 22-16 advantage in each half.

Hanover got off to a fast start, scoring 11 of the game’s first 13 points to lead 11-2, just five minutes in. The lead ballooned to as many as 10 on multiple occasions, but a 10-2 run from the Pioneers closed the gap to two points, 24-22, with 7:06 to play in the opening half.

Transylvania closed the half on a 9-1 run, to take just its second lead of the game at 40-38. The Pioneers shot close to 52 percent in the first half, while the Panthers tapered off down the stretch, finishing the first half at 45.5 percent.

The Pioneers grew their lead to as many as seven points in the second half, leading 51-44 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Hanover responded with a quick 7-0 spurt to tie the game at 51-all with 11:43 left in regulation.

Neither Hanover or Transy held a lead of more than five points down the stretch, as there were 11 ties and eight lead changes overall. The contest was tied for over seven minutes game of action.

The Panthers will face the winner of the other HCAC Semifinal matchup between the No. 2 seed, Mount St. Joseph, and the No. 6 seed, Manchester. Hanover will host the winner at 2 p.m. inside Collier Arena on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's lacrosse stifled in season opener at Centre

Chad Szczublewski makes a pass near midfield

BOX SCORE

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team suffered an 11-2 loss in its 2017 season opener at Centre (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (0-1) scored both goals in the second half, with the tallies coming from junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) and senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.).

Szczublewsi finished with four shots attempts, while Warner’s lone shot was when he scored in the fourth quarter. Sophomores Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) combined for 15 of HC’s 23 shots in the game. Schell fired off a team high 10 attempts.

In net, freshman Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made his collegiate debut, posting a save percentage above 52 percent, making 12 saves.

Defensively, sophomore Evan Bartlett (Oxford, Ohio) and freshman Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) tied for the team lead in ground balls with four apiece. Bartlett also had three caused turnovers.

Centre (2-0) got off to a fast start, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of play. The Colonels took the 3-0 advantage after the first quarter and added four more in the second period to lead 7-0 at the intermission.

Szczublewski stopped an 8-0 Centre run with a goal at the 2:29 mark of the third quarter. Warner added the second goal for HC in the final two minutes of the contest.

Hanover will look to bounce back next time out, when they travel to Sparks, Md. to face Wesley (Del.) in a neutral site contest on Wednesday, March 1. The game will be the first NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse game at the new U.S. Lacrosse National Headquarters.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hanover men’s tennis set to play six matches in opening week

Brent Barrett and Alec Bates celebrate after a point

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team is set to open its 2017 season as the Panthers head to Orlando, Fla. to play six matches as part of their winter break trip.

The trip will also be the first for Interim Head Coach Devon Sharpe. Sharpe took over the program midway through this year after Ryan Miller departed for a coaching position at Indiana.

Hanover had five matches scheduled for this past fall, but played only two as the others were postponed due to weather. The Panthers split those two by earning a win over IU East, before falling to IU Southeast.

Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) was impressive as he earned wins in both of those matches playing at #1 singles, including the team’s only win against IU Southeast.

The Panthers will also count on three all-conference performers from last year, including junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomores Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.). Barrett was the first Hanover player to be named the league’s top freshman since 2011.

Of the Hanover’s six opponents, five will be played against NCAA Division III opponents and one against Davenport (Mich.), which is transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

The Panthers open the season Sunday, Feb. 27 with a match against Wartburg (Iowa) at 9 a.m., followed by a match against Adrian (Mich.) at 1 p.m.

Hanover will then play Davenport Monday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. and then return later that day to play Augustana (Ill.) at 6 p.m.

The trip will conclude with a match against Otterbein (Ohio) Tuesday at 9 a.m. and another against Capital (Ohio) at 9 a.m. Wednesday before returning home.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Hanover women to open spring season in Florida

Lizzy Katzenberger prepares for a return

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a successful fall season, the Hanover women’s tennis team will open its spring season by traveling to Orlando, Fla. to play five matches as part of its winter break trip.

The team will do so with a new coach as Interim Head Coach Devon Sharpe takes over for Ryan Miller, who left in January for a coaching position at Indiana.

The Panthers posted an 11-5 overall record and an 8-0 mark in league play this fall to claim their fourth consecutive regular season championship.

Following the fall slate, six different players were honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts, led by HCAC Most Valuable Player, and senior, Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Other all-conference performers looking to build on a successful fall are sophomores Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.), and freshmen Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.),Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.).

Of Hanover’s five opponents in Florida, three are NCAA Division III members, while Mary (N.D.) is an NCAA Division II school, and Davenport is transitioning from NAIA to Division II.

The Panthers will open Sunday, Feb. 27 with a pair of matches. At 9 a.m. they will play Wartburg (Iowa), followed by a contest against Adrian (Mich.) at 1 p.m.

Another pair of matches will be played Sunday, Feb. 28 against Davenport at 9 a.m. and Augustana (Ill.) at 6 p.m.

Hanover will then wrap up the trip Thursday, March 2 with a single contest against Mary at 9 a.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's Lacrosse Preview: Attackers

Rachel Davis looks to attack the net

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team will open the new season on Monday, Feb. 27, so today we will conclude the three-part preview series by diving deeper into the attackers on this year’s roster.

The Panthers will debut in 2017 with a road contest at Rhodes (Tenn.). The season opener for HC is set for 5 p.m. on Monday. The Lynx are currently 4-0 overall and have scored at least 17 goals in all four contests. Rhodes will play matches on Saturday and Sunday before welcoming Hanover next week.

GOALIES & DEFENDERS PREVIEW

MIDFIELDERS PREVIEW

The attacking group for the Panthers this season will feature a fountain of youth with a bevy of freshmen and sophomores. Overall, five of the nine attackers listed on the roster are either a freshman or sophomore.

Returning for her second year with HC is sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.). Davis totaled 14 goals last season to rank fourth on the team, and is the second leading scorer to return from the 2016 roster. As a freshman, Davis did most of her scoring damage in bundles, posting three games with at least four goals, including a five-goal performance in a 12-8 home win over Trine.

Another experienced player returning this season is senior Maddy Jones (Carmel, Ind.). Jones has appeared in 24 of the Hanover’s 30 games as a program. She recorded two goals and one assist in 2016, while also posting a shot on goal percentage of .667.

Hanover will look to improve upon its win total from the first two years as a program, recording five wins in 2016 and three victories in 2015. The Panthers have been picked to finish sixth in the 10-team Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

HCAC Tournament on the horizon for No. 16 Panthers

Corey Muchmore receives high fives from the bench

FULL GAME NOTES

TOURNAMENT PAGE

HANOVER, Ind. – The No. 16 Hanover College men’s basketball team will host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend, as they search for the season sweep in conference titles and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

Hanover won the HCAC regular season crown by posting a 16-2 record in conference play. The Panthers are 21-3 overall this season and 8-2 at home, but both home losses came to possible HCAC Tournament opponents in Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph.

With its 21-3 overall record, the Blue and Red have posted one of the top five seasons, in terms of least amount of losses, since the end of World War II. Under former head coach Mike Beitzel, the Panthers posted back-to-back seasons in the early 2000’s with just two losses, while legendary HC coach John Collier had a team in the 1940’s and another in the 1960’s post four-loss seasons.

The Panthers are hosting the HCAC Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season, which was also the last time HC won the conference regular season title. The 04-05 campaign capped a four-year run of hosting the HCAC Tournament, the last three of which Hanover won the championship. Hanover has won seven consecutive HCAC Tournament games at home when hosting the final four and championship.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) has been the most consistent player for HC this season, as he leads the team in scoring, 18.2, and rebounding per game, 8.5. McKinney was also named the HCAC’s final Player of the Week this past Monday, after he recorded his conference-leading 9th and 10th double-double of the season, averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last week.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) will have at least one more chance of playing in Collier Arena, and possibly more if the Panthers advance past the semifinal round on Saturday. Muchmore is having his best statistical season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.

The senior is also a big reason why the Panthers are the top field goal shooting team in the country. Muchmore is shooting close to 64 percent from the floor, ranking in the top 15 in the NCAA. Hanover has three players among the top 200 nationally in field goal percentage, including Muchmore, McKinney, and sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio). As a team, HC is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, which leads all of NCAA Division III and is among the top eight in all three NCAA divisions combined.

The HCAC Tournament will open with a pair of first round games, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Hanover and the No. 2 seed, MSJ, will begin their tournament runs in the semifinal round on Saturday, with the championship set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. All tournament games will be played inside Collier Arena.

For more information on the HCAC Tournament schedule, participants, and prices, visit the tournament page link at the top of the page.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu