Panthers suffer setback versus Mount Union

David Herrmann

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Hanover baseball team closed out its annual Winter Break Trip Friday, falling in both games of a doubleheader with Mount Union (Ohio), 5-1 and 3-1.

The Panthers (2-5) were able to jump out to an early advantage in the opener, as a single from senior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) to right field scored sophomore Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.). Coop led off the game with a walk and after stealing second, crossed home plate on the Shine hit.

Hanover however, was only able to tally one more hit in the contest with junior Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) sending a ball through the left side in the top of the fourth. The Blue and Red were retired in order during the fifth and sixth frames and with one runner on in the seventh, they lined into a double play, ending the first of two shortened games.

Mount Union (2-1) received a two-out single in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 advantage. The Raiders tacked on two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the first half of the doubleheader, 5-1.

Highlighting HC's pitching effort in the opener was sophomore Zach Chapman (Loveland, Ohio), who allowed one unearned run on one hit, while striking out two batters over 1.2 innings pitched in relief.

In the second contest with the Raiders, junior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) struck out a season high six batters in 5.0 innings pitched. Herrmann, who was making his second start of the trip, conceded three runs -- two earned -- on six hits.

Despite the strong showing on the mound, the Panther offense was not able to figure out their Mount Union counterpart, scratching across one run for the second time in as many games.

Trailing 1-0, Shine ripped his first home run of the season, tying the game at one-all. Hanover did have seven different players record a hit in the second tilt but left seven runners stranded throughout seven innings. The Raiders recaptured the lead in the bottom of the sixth with two runs, leading to the 3-1 victory.

The Panthers will stay on the road for their next contest, traveling to face Centre (Ky.) at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. Hanover will then host Hope (Mich.) and Alma (Mich.) for a pair of doubleheaders in Westfield, Ind., at Grand Park Sports Campus, Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11.

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