HANOVER, Ind. - After playing a pair of road doubleheaders last week, the Hanover baseball team will host Rose-Hulman in a twin bill Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m., and then travel to Anderson Saturday, April 14 for a pair of games against the Ravens. Game one of that doubleheader is also slated for a 1 p.m. start.
LAST WEEK: Because of schedule changes due to the weather, Hanover played four road games in back-to-back days as the Panthers traveled to Franklin last Friday and then made the trip to Richmond, Ind. Saturday to play Earlham.
Down 7-4 entering the eighth inning in game one against Franklin, Hanover scored five runs to take a 9-7 lead. The Grizzlies, however, scored three in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, but a solo tally in the top of the ninth forced extra innings where Franklin would prevail with a run in the bottom of the tenth to win 11-10. The Grizzlies would also win game two to improve to 19-1 on the season.
Saturday also saw the Panthers go extras in game one against the Quakers. The two teams played 10 scoreless innings before Hanover scored the first run of the game in the top of the eleventh. Earlham answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning for the 2-1, 11-inning win. Ahead 4-1 into the eighth of game two, the Quakers scored four times while allowing two Hanover runs in the ninth for an 8-3 final score.
THE COMPETITION: Rose-Hulman will travel to Hanover Tuesday afternoon with a 6-16 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Fightin' Engineers have dropped HCAC games to Mt. St. Joseph (6-2), Earlham (14-4) and Manchester (4-0, 4-3), while also defeating Earlham 18-2. Rose-Hulman had its second game against Mount St. Joseph cancelled due to weather.
Through 22 games, the Fightin' Engineers currently rank seventh in the league in team batting average (.272), fifth in team earned run average (4.68) and sixth in fielding percentage (.945).
Anderson enters the week on a six-game winning streak with doubleheader sweeps over Defiance (21-4, 14-8), Manchester (6-1, 7-2) and Mount St. Joseph (2-1, 9-4). The Ravens are 17-11 overall and sit atop the HCAC standings with a 6-0 record.
Anderson owns the second best hitting team in the HCAC (.318) and is tied for the lead in the conference with a .954 fielding percentage. The Ravens pitching staff is seventh in ERA at 5.04.
ZORB STRONG AGAIN: One week after tossing a career-best seven innings in a 7-1 win over Manchester, junior pitcher Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) was even better Saturday against Earlham in the team's 2-1 loss in 11 innings. Zorb went 8.1 innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only three hits with five walks and four strikeouts. The third-year right-hander leads the team in innings pitched (37.2) and is sixth in the conference with a 1.91 ERA.
MESZAROS HOT BAT: Although he missed the two games against Earlham, junior outfielder Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) is off to a hot start in HCAC play. In four games, he has hit safely in each of them with a pair of two-hit games for a .545 average in 11 at-bats. He has scored four runs, drove in five and also walked four times. Of his six hits, one was a three-run home run and another a double, both against Franklin.
ON DECK: Following this week's games, Hanover will head into finals' week and will not play until Saturday, April 21 when the Panthers host Bluffton in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at K.T. Young Ballpark.
Contact: Mike Pritchard