HANOVER, Ind. – Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, junior Brooks Bailey (Columbus, Ind.) doubled home two runs to give Team Blue a 3-1 win in game two, and a sweep of the Blue & Red Series Thursday afternoon at K.T. Young Ballpark.
After winning the first game 2-0 one day earlier, Team Blue fell behind in the first inning of game two. Freshman Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) singled with one out and moved to second when senior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) followed with a single of his own. An error on the next play allowed Larimore to come all the way around to give Team Red a 1-0 lead.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the second, Team Red had a chance to get more, but freshman starter Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.) got a strikeout to end the threat.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the third. Sophomore Joe Kroger (Walton, Ky.) led off with a walk. Junior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) then singled to put runners at first and second and nobody out. Kroger moved to third on a fly out to right field, and would then score on a two-out single by sophomore Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) to make it 1-1.
Two innings later Bailey stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded and hit a blooper to right field that landed just out of reach of a diving Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) in what proved to be the game, and series', winning hit.
Sophomore pitcher David Jung (West Chester, Ohio) entered in the fifth and threw three scoreless innings to earn the win. Jung allowed one hit, walked three and struck out one as Team Blue allowed only one unearned run over 14 innings of play for the Series.
Copner went four innings and allowed only an unearned run on three hits and two walks, while striking out five and retiring the final seven batters he faced. Sophomore Tanner Simpson (Mitchell, Ind.) started for Team Red and allowed one run in three innings on three hits and two walks. He struck out two in the defeat.
Junior Braydan Luce (Avon, Ind.) took the loss after tossing three innings and allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Herrmann had three of Team Blue's eight hits on the day, while Larimore reached base in all four plate appearances with a single and three walks, to lead Team Red.
The Hanover baseball team will conclude its annual fall season Friday, Oct. 13 and then enter the off-season in preparation for the 2018 season, which will begin in Florida at the end of February.
Contact: Mike Pritchard