Hanover College baseball won two and lost two at the Millikin Invitational in Decatur, Illinois, over the weekend.
On Friday, the Panthers defeated Hope (Michigan) 14-4 but then lost 5-3 to Hope on Saturday. On Sunday, Hanover split a doubleheader with host Millikin, winning the first game 14-4 and losing 8-5 in game two.
Hanover pounded out 14 hits in the game one win against Hope. Jacob Dupps had a home run and drove in six runs, Jake Danneman was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Alex Christie had a home run and a single to lead the way. Matthew Alter (2-1) struck out six to get the win and Braxton Garner picked up his first save.
Danneman was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in the game two loss to Hope. Chris Hautman (0-1) went five and two-thirds innings on the hill and took the loss.
Christie went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored to lead Hanover in the first game against Millikin while Reid Douglas also homered and scored three times. Marcus Goodpaster (2-0) struck out eight and went the distance for the win.
Dupps and Eric Roudebush each had a single and a double in the game two loss to Millikin. John Girard suffered the loss on the hill.
Hanover, now 4-6 on the season, will take the week off before hosting Wabash for three games this weekend. The Panthers and Little Giants will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Hanover then heads to Spalding (Kentucky) on Tuesday, March 21.
Softball splits with Capital
Hanover split a doubleheader at home with Capital (Ohio) in softball on Saturday.
The Panthers lost the opener 11-2 but regrouped to win 11-4 in the second game.
Kendra Hutchinson had a home run and drove in both runs and Mallorie Fultz went 2-for-2 with a run scored in the game-one loss. Lauren Beaman (2-5) struck out three in the loss.
Hutchinson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Fultz was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Kensie Bradley was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the game-two win. Courtney Chookie (1-3) allowed four earned runs in five and two-thirds innings for her first win of the season.
Hanover, now 4-10 on the season, competes in the Pioneer Classic in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, this weekend. The Panthers will face Trine and Linfield (Oregon) on Saturday and George Fox (Oregon) and Spalding on Sunday.
Hanover then heads to Asbury (Kentucky) for two games on Tuesday, March 21.
Men’s tennis beats Franklin
Hanover’s men’s tennis team rolled to an 8-1 win over Franklin in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday.
Hanover won all three doubles matches with Nicholas Coronado and Jedrek Brodzki winning 8-7 (4-0) at No. 1, Connor Garrison and Joey Keal 8-3 at No. 2 and Abhay Singh and Charley Williams 8-6 at No. 3.
In singles, Keal won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1, Brodzki won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2, Coronado won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Singh won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 and Ilya Gromochenko won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6.
Hanover, now 2-5 overall and 1-0 in the HCAC, hosts Hastings (Neb.) on Tuesday and heads to Midway (Kentucky) on Thursday. The Panthers then travel to Wabash on Saturday and to Southern Indiana on Tuesday, March 21.