AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Senior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) officially began his 2019 season Thursday morning, throwing eight scoreless innings, but did take a no decision in a 1-0, 11-inning loss for Hanover baseball against Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Herrmann, who is projected to be one of the Panthers' top arms this spring, allowed just four hits, while striking out seven batters over eight innings of work. The senior faced just five batters over the minimum and left no more than one Raider on base during any inning in his season debut.
Hanover (2-2) though, was held to four hits in the extra-inning affair, leaving 13 runners stranded, including the bases loaded in the ninth and 10th frames. Junior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) tallied two of HC's hits.
Walkenhorst opened a two-out rally with a base hit in the bottom of the second and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Andrew Littlefield (Louisville Ky.) followed with a single through the left side, putting Panthers on the corners. However, a groundout in the next at-bat ended the scoring threat.
The next scoring opportunity came to Hanover again, this time in the bottom of the eighth. After junior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) reached on an error and sophomore Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) was hit by a pitch, runners were at first and second with two outs. A strikeout followed though ending another chance.
The Panthers had the bases full in the ninth and 10th innings with one out and a chance to walk off, but the Raiders (2-5) worked out of each jam before scoring the game's only run in the top of the 11th. MSOE took advantage of an HC error and back-to-back singles to scratch across a run in the second extra inning. Sophomore George Dant (Indianapolis, Ind.) took the loss despite going three innings in relief, allowing three hits and one uneared run.
Hanover will look to bounce back Friday, March 1, when the team continues its Florida swing with a 9:45 a.m. start against Northern Vermont-Lyndon.
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