March 15, 2014

Tigers Drop Twinbill to Hanover

Westfield, Ind. - DePauw struggled defensively with nine errors and Hanover pounded out 27 hits as the Tigers dropped a doubleheader to the Panthers by scores of 7-3 and 10-3 at Grand Park. DePauw dropped to 0-4, while Hanover improved to 4-6.

Hanover starter Mitch Hunnicutt retired the first nine DePauw batters and the Panthers scored a pair of unearned runs in the third before tallying three more runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

DePauw got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when pinch-hitter Jack Thompson tripled and scored on pinch-hitter Michael Hartnagel's sacrifice fly.

The Panthers matched that with one in the top of the ninth. The Tigers rallied in the ninth as Cory Meixner drove home Connor Einertson with a single before Thompson's base hit brought home Ryan Allee. DePauw stranded three as the game ended.

Thompson led DePauw with two of its six hits, while Matt Brooks and Kolton Chapman each had three of Hanover's 11 hits. Chapman drove in three in the win.

Hunnicutt improved to 2-2 while striking out six Tigers and not allowing a walk in eight innings. DePauw's Michael Chiaro dropped to 0-1 after starting and pitching six innings.

The Panthers got off to a quick start in the nightcap with a pair of runs in the first on Alec Dunn's two-run single.

DePauw countered with one in the bottom half of the inning after Hartnagel led off with a single and scored when Zach Starr reached on an error. 

The Panthers' Zach Schultz made it 3-1 in the second after singling home Austin Holloway. The Tigers knotted the score in the bottom of the second on run-scoring singles from Robbie Stein and Starr.

Hanover, however, scored five in the third and one in the fourth to put the game away.

DePauw totaled nine hits led by Hartnagel's two, while Dunn collected four of Hanover's 16 hits. Chris Ares added three hits with Ryan Johns, Brooks and Chapman each finishing with two.

Peter Stuart dropped to 0-2 with the loss, while Hanover's Andrew Roby improved to 1-1.

The Tigers open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, March 18, when they entertain Manchester in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.