Baseball splits one-run games at Transylvania

Andrew Littlefield

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover College baseball team split a pair of 10-9 decisions in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Tuesday afternoon at Transylvania.

Freshman Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) picked up the win on the mound in Game One, going 6.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out five batters. Littlefield was also 4-7 at the plate over two games, which included a home run in the night cap.

Seniors Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) and Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.), along with junior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) were also key contributors offensively. Stover went 5-8 with three RBI and three runs scored, Fitch was 4-11 and Coop tallied four hits in eight at-bats, while also recording three RBI and runs scored.

Hanover jumped out to an early 5-0 lead through 3.5 innings Tuesday.  Stover hit a two-out single in the first inning, scoring Coop for the first run of the contest. The senior then scored on a base hit by Littlefield in the third and junior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) added an RBI double and Fitch logged an RBI single in the fourth to help put HC up by five runs.

Senior Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) homered for the second time in as many days with a solo shot in the sixth, giving the Blue and Red a 6-1 lead. Littlefield allowed just one run on four hits through six complete.

Hanover added four insurance runs, two in the seventh and two in the eighth to capture a 10-8 lead heading into the final frame. Stover drove in two runs with another two-out single in the seventh, while Burton and Coop each drove in a run in the eighth.

Sophomore Grant Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits to pick up just his second collegiate save. Larimore earned his first career save Monday during a 5-2 win at Bluffton.

Walkenhorst and Littlefield each homered in the night cap and the junior's two-run blast tied the game at five-all in the top of the fifth. Transylvania (14-20, 7-7 HCAC) added two runs in the bottom half of the frame to go back on top, 7-5. Stover scored on a wild pitch and Coop drove in two with a single in the third to give HC an early 3-0 lead.

Walkenhorst added his third RBI of the game with a double to right field in the seventh. Littlefield and sophomore Austin Crouse (Fishers, Ind.) each plated a run in the inning as well, giving the Blue and Red a one-run lead. Littlefield then hit a lead-off home run in the top of the ninth to put HC in front 9-7.

The Pioneers though, had all six of their batters reach in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a suicide squeeze, bunt single. The final hit gave Transy three runs in the inning and a 10-9, walk-off victory.

Hanover will break from league play for its final non-conference game of the season at Thomas More (Ky.). The Panthers and Saints are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch, Thursday, April 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester