DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover College baseball team split a pair of contest Saturday afternoon as they defeated Trine 9-3 before falling in the night cap with Centre 8-3.
The Panthers (1-2 overall) finished the day with a combined 11 runs on 18 hits. Leading the charge was freshman Drew Kelly (Carmel, Ind.) with two hits and a game-high three RBI. Senior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) finished the afternoon with a team-best three hits.
On the mound, sophomore Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) claimed his first victory of the season as he pitched six complete innings with two strikeouts and one earned run.
In the contest with Trine, the Panthers wasted little time getting on the board as they used a five run second inning to capture the early lead. Kelly opened the top half of the inning for the Blue and Red with a single to right center before freshman Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) drew a walk. After advancing to scoring position senior Jay Lorenz (New Albany, Ind.) deemed clutch as he provided a single that plated two Panther runs. The excitement waved on as junior Matt Vetor (Pendleton, Ind.) did damage at the dish with a single through the left side that saw another Panther cross the plate, 3-0. The hot hitting continued for Hanover as Littlefield drove a ball to right that scored Lorenz. The final run of the inning would come off a Thunder miscue that propelled HC to the 5-0 advantage.
Trine looked to respond scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the next half inning deemed costly. Sophomore Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) provided the clutch RBI double that pushed the Panther lead to 7-3.
The top of the seventh saw Hanover tack on a pair of insurance runs as a series of Trine miscues secured the victory.
In the night cap, Hanover found themselves in a three-run deficit before tacking on two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Coop opened the frame with a single to center field before senior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) advanced him to second with a single of his own. Kelly provided the timely hit with one out as he sent a deep ball to right field that plated both Panther runs.
However, the Colonels appeared to be too much as they added another run in the fourth inning and four in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hanover's final run would come in the top of the eighth inning as Littlefield recorded his first homerun of the season.
The Blue and Red return to action on Monday, February 24 as they open their annual trip to Florida taking on Northern Vermont-Lyndon. First pitch is slated for noon.