Baseball suffers late setback to Sewanee, 5-4

Spencer Coop

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College baseball team was unable to secure a series sweep of Sewanee Thursday evening, conceding three runs in the ninth during a 5-4 setback at K.T. Young Ballpark.

The Panthers (7-6) entered the final frame with a two-run lead at 4-2. A two-out fielding error allowed a runner to score from third base, closing the Sewanee (14-8) gap to 4-3. With runners on second and third, the Tigers received a single to center field to capture a 5-4 advantage.

Hanover had two runners on in the ninth, with junior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) reaching via base hit and sophomore Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) getting hit by a pitch. Coop advanced to third on a fly out to center but the next at-bat ended in the same result to deny the scoring opportunity.

Coop was the lone Panther with multiple hits in the contest, finishing 2-5 with one run scored. The junior now has at least one hit in 12 of the 13 games played this season and is on an eight-game hitting streak.

Freshman Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) retired the Tigers in order in the first and senior Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) drove in a run in the bottom half of the inning to give HC a 1-0 lead.

Littlefield went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. The freshman struck out just three batters but left one or fewer runners on in five of his seven full frames of work. Sophomore Justin Pope (Fishers, Ind.) retired the only two batters he faced in the eighth, keeping a one-run lead for HC at the time.

Larimore homered for the second time this season in the third inning, giving the Blue and Red a 2-1 advantage. Sizemore then gave Hanover a 3-1 lead in the sixth, scoring on a fielding error by the Tigers.

Leading 3-2, senior Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) singled through the left side in the bottom of the eighth, scoring classmate Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.). Stover reached on a one-out single.

Both sides finished with nine hits in game. Hanover and Sewanee each left nine runners on base as well.

The Blue and Red will look to bounce back this Sunday, March 24, when they head to Wilmington (Ohio) for a doubleheader. The Panthers and Quakers are slated for a 1 p.m. start.

Contact: Tyler Jester