FRANKLIN, Ind. – Junior Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) posted a pair of extra-base hits in the doubleheader opener at No. 21 Franklin Friday and logged a 3-for-5 day at the plate, but the Hanover baseball team fell 11-10 in extras and 18-0 in seven innings.
In the opening game of the twin bill, Meszaros launched a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to tie the contest at three-all.
Trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth, Hanover (4-14, 1-3 HCAC) produced a five-run frame, capitalizing on four hits and a pair of Franklin (19-1, 4-0 HCAC) errors. Meszaros drove in his fourth run of the game to start the eighth-inning scoring with a double to left field. Freshman Cory Walker (Versaillies, Ind.) and sophomore Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) also posted RBI hits in the frame, as HC rallied to take an 8-7 advantage.
The Grizzlies though, recaptured the lead with three runs of their own in the eighth, taking a 10-9 lead into the final frame. Junior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) recorded his only hit of the day at the most opportune time, as his two-out double scored Meszaros, tying it up at 10-all in the ninth. Junior David Blanco (Fishers, Ind.) pitched a clean ninth, forcing the opener into extra innings.
Franklin though, received a two-out RBI single through the left side to score in the bottom of the 10th, walking the Grizzlies off with an 11-10 victory.
Coop, Meszaros, Walker and junior Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) combined for eight of Hanover's 11 hits in the game, recording two apiece.
The Panthers allowed a pair of crooked-number innings in the fourth and fifth frames of the nightcap, resulting in the loss. Hanover was rallying in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs with a pair on and one out, but the game was called due to weather. Due to NCAA rules and regulations, official statistics revert back to the last completed inning, resulting in HC's three runs being taken off the board.
Coop added another two hits in the second game with the Grizzlies, finishing the day 4-for-9 at the plate.
Hanover will look to bounce back quickly, as they are scheduled to square off with HCAC preseason-favorite, Earlham, Saturday, April 7. The Panthers and Quakers are set to meet in Richmond, Ind. for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Contact: Tyler Jester