WESTFIELD, Ind. – Despite strong outings on the mound, the Hanover baseball team suffered 2-0 and 3-1 losses to Alma (Mich.) Sunday afternoon.
Freshmen Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) and Justin Pope (Fishers, Ind.) teamed up to pitch the entire first game Sunday, allowing just two runs. Larimore started and allowed two first inning runs and conceded four hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Pope threw 3.1 innings in relief, giving up five hits, but kept the Scots (5-2) scoreless.
The Panthers (3-9) were only able to record two hits in the opener, with sophomores Jay Lorenz (New Albany, Ind.) and Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) picking up singles in the sixth and ninth innings, respectively.
Junior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) gave Hanover a quality start in the second half of the doubleheader going 6.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits, while striking out a season high 10 batters.
Trailing 1-0, Lorenz led off the top of the eighth with a walk and later scored to tie the game at one-all. Alma though, tallied two runs on two hits in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Hanover received a leadoff walk by Sam Orem (Greenwood, Ind.) and a double from freshman Nick Ciuffetelli (Newburgh, Ind.) followed to put runners on second and third with no outs in the ninth. The Panthers unfortunately suffered three consecutive outs, falling 3-1. The Blue and Red left a total of eight runners stranded in the second game.
Ciuffetelli recorded three of Hanover's six hits in the contest. The freshman picked up his first two extra-base hits of his collegiate career Sunday, recording doubles in the fifth and ninth innings.
The Panthers will now travel to face Thomas More (Ky.) at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.
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