AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Hanover baseball team's season-opening winter break trip continued Wednesday evening as the Panthers fell 10-3 to Lyndon State (Vt.).
The loss drops Hanover to 2-3 overall, while the Hornets improve to 1-2 in the first week of the season.
Down 1-0 going into the third inning, senior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was hit by a pitch with two outs. After stealing his fifth base of the season, Sheil came around to tie the game on senior Jack Shine's (New Albany, Ind.) RBI triple to left-center field.
Lyndon State added a pair of run in the bottom of the fifth to go in front 3-1, but Hanover quickly tied the game again at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Shine singled to lead off the inning and was pinch ran for by freshman Matt Vetor (Pendleton, Ind.). Vetor moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored when junior Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) launched his first home run of the season to left field to even the score at three all.
That would be all the scoring for the Panthers as the Hornets added two in the bottom of the sixth and five in the seventh for the 10-3 final.
Junior Braydan Luce (Avon, Ind.) was saddled with the loss in relief of freshman starter Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.). Luce allowed two runs - one earned - in two thirds of an inning. He walked two, struck out one and allowed two hits.
Copner, making his first collegiate start, finished with a no decision after tossing 4.1 innings. He gave up three runs - two earned - on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Shine was two-for-three with an RBI. Meszaros had two hits in four at-bats with two RBI and a run scored, and sophomore Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) also finished with two hits in the defeat.
The Panthers will conclude their trip Friday, March 2 with a doubleheader against Mount Union (Ohio). Game one is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park.
Contact: Mike Pritchard