Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short as Panthers Drop Contest with Methodist

Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short as Panthers Drop Contest with Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Panthers dropped the final contest of a three-game road test with Methodist on Sunday dropping the series two games to one. Hanover fell in the match-up 7-5.

The Blue and Red (6-7 overall) were led on the afternoon by freshman Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) with three hits and an RBI. Junior Zeke Porta (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Jake Schaefer (Cincinnati, Ohio) both added two hits while senior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) provided an RBI.

On the mound, sophomore Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) got the start pitching seven complete innings with five strikeouts.

Hanover plated the game's first run in the top of the first inning as Coop drew a two out walk before scoring on a Methodist fielding error, 1-0.

The home team responded in the bottom half of the inning as a single up the middle sent their first runner of the afternoon to the plate. They tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the second inning to capture the 3-1 lead.

The Panthers got one run back in the top of the third inning as sophomore Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second base. He would advance to third base on the next at bat before scoring on contact by senior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.), 3-2.

But again, Methodist matched the run with one of their own as a Hanover hiccup sent another Monarch base runner to the plate.

The top of the sixth inning opened with a Walkenhorst single before reaching third base on a Schaefer shot to right center. He scored on the next at bat when Dupps charted an RBI to right field, 4-3.

Trailing 5-3 in the top of the eighth inning, the Panthers cut the deficit to a run as Coop stole home before the Monarchs retired the side. Hanover threatened the Methodist lead in the top of the ninth inning as Dupps hit a leadoff single to center field. Freshman Drew Kelly (Carmel, Ind.) walked on the next at bat before a Porta single to right field loaded the base paths. The final run of the afternoon came moments later as Coop drew an RBI walk scoring Dupps before Methodist retired the side leaving three runners stranded.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, March 11 when they welcome Eureka to K.T. Young Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 1:00 PM.