CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover College baseball team outlasted Wabash in an offensive marathonthat lasted nearly four hours, winning on the road Saturday afternoon, 17-8.
The Panthers (6-3) and Little Giants (2-5) combined for 25 runs and 32 hits (19-13, HC) over three hours and 40 minutes of play. Hanover's 17 runs mark the third time this season the team has produced double digit runs and is the highest single game total since an 18-7 triumph over Augustana (Ill.) in the season opener of the 2015 campaign. The Blue and Red scored in six of the nine innings Saturday.
Five different players recorded multiple hits for Hanover, including junior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.), who went 6-for-7 to tie the program record for most hits in a single game. Coop is now tied with current Hanover men's basketball coach, Jon Miller, who had six hits in a game during the 1996 season.
Sophomore Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) added a 3-for-5 effort in the two-hole and senior Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) was 2-for-3 in the third slot in the lineup. Larimore and Sizemore each drove in four runs.
The top three in Hanover's lineup -- Coop, Larimore and Sizemore -- combined to go 11-of-15 at the plate with 10 RBI and five runs scored.
Freshman Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) added two hits, while classmate Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) crossed home plate a team-high three times.
The Panthers had their first three batters reach in the top of the first, which started a four-run inning. Larimore drove in a run with one of his two doubles with Stover, Fitch and Littlefield all driving in runs as well.
Hanover was held scoreless until the fourth frame, which saw the first four batters reach safely via base hits. The station-to-station stretch was capped by Larimore who drove in the inning's first run. Sizemore added a sacrifice fly to give HC a 6-0 lead through three and one half complete.
The fifth inning had junior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) drive in a run with double to right field. The Panthers led 7-3 with four innings remaining.
The Blue and Red then opened their lead in the final three frames, scoring 10 runs on eight hits. Hanover tallied five runs in the seventh, which was highlighted by RBI base hits from Littlefield, Coop and Sizemore.
Three additional runs were tacked on in the eighth with Larimore and Sizemore doing the damage. Littlefield and Coop had the only two hits in the ninth, leading to two more runs for HC.
Senior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) drew the start, going 5.1 innings, conceding three runs (one earned) on six hits. Four other pitchers combined to go the final 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.
Hanover and Wabash will cap their weekend series with a doubleheader beginning at noon, Sunday, March 17.
Contact: Tyler Jester