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Hanover's netters post first win of season 8-1 over MSJ
Courier Sports Staff
Friday, March 29, 2013 11:00 AM
NETTING A WIN: Hanover College’s Andrew Nice (above, left) and Steven Gilliam slap hands after winning a big point during their No. 2 doubles win Friday over the College of Mount St. Joseph. Gilliam, who also posted a win at No. 1 singles, grimmaces while hammering a serve (right). The Panthers beat the Lions 8-1 for their first win of the season. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
Hanover College's men's tennis team won all three doubles matches and five of the six singles to roll to it's first win of the season, an 8-1 rout of conference rival College of Mount St. Joseph Thursday at the Zeddies Tennis Center on campus.
The win evened Hanover's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record at 1-1 while the Panthers are now 1-8 overall.
Hanover's No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team members were perfect in both doubles and singles play to account for six of the Panthers' wins.
Hanover's Steven Gilliam and Andrew Nice teamed up to defeat Colin Barrett and Clayton Steinriede 8-6 in the first doubles and Gilliam, a senior from Fishers, then rolled over Steinriede 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles and Nice, a freshman from Salem beat John Knoll 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.
Hanover's No. 2 doubles team of New Palestine brothers Brian Clark, a sophomore, and Reid Clark, a freshman beat Mount St. Joseph's Tyler Esham and Max Withrow 8-2 before Brian Clark topped Withrow 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Reid Clark edged Barrett 3-6, 6-0, 10-5 at the No. 3 singles.
Hanover's No. 3 doubles team of Devon Sharpe and Joshua Ruse defeated the Lions' John Knoll and Drew Royalty 8-3. Sharpe then advanced to the No. 4 singles where he surrendered Hanover's only loss of the day in a hard-fought 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 decision to Kyle Haas.
Hanover final win came at No. 5 singles where Jordan Myers defeated Esham 7-5, 6-4.
With the loss, Mount St. Joseph fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference.
Hanover hosts Manchester for another HCAC tilt on Saturday at the Zeddies Tennis Center. The Spartans enter the match - Manchester's conference opener - 1-4 on the season.
Hanover softball rolls to fourth straight win
Hanover College's softball squad upped its current win streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of Spalding (Ky.) University Thursday in Louisville.
Hanover, now 5-9, outlasted Spalding 8-6 in the opener before jumping on Spalding early en route to an 11-4 triumph in the nightcap.
The four straight wins is the program's longest streak since a five-game string from March 16-22 during the 2003 campaign. The wins also mark the Panthers' first back-to-back doubleheader sweeps since knocking off Bluffton (Ohio) University and Franklin College in April of that year.
Hanover broke up a 5-5 tie in the opener with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to secure the 8-6 win.
Second baseman Sarah Richey, a freshman from Henryville, doubled to lead off the Panthers' eighth and scored the go-ahead run on an infield grounder by freshman leftfielder Lyndsea Burke, of Modoc.
Danielle Merrick, a sophomore from Eminence, was hit by a pitch and Abby Murphy, a freshman from Richmond, both reached on errors before sophomore pitcher Leah Kemmerer, of North Vernon, delivered a two-out double to plate Merrick and Murphy with two insurance runs.
Kemmerer picked up the win with three and two-thirds innings of relief. She gave up just one hit and a run with six strikeouts.
The Panthers finished the game with 13 hits, including six for extra bases.
Catcher Victoria Wilson, a freshman from Camby, led the hit attack with four two singles and a pair of doubles. She also knocked in two runs and scored once. Kemmerer was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and one run scored.
In the nightcap, Hanover jumped out to an 7-4 lead after just four innings and blew the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth.
The Panthers rapped out a season-high 14 hits in the contest.
Murphy had three hits to lead Panthers, including a double and two triples. She also posted a career-high five RBI and scored three times.
Burke, Merrick, Kemmerer and Wilson tagged two hits each. Kemmerer led the foursome with three RBI, while Merrick scored a career-best four runs.
Ashley Cochran, a junior from New Albany, recorded the victory with three innings in the circle. Cochran (1-3) allowed six hits and four runs.
Kemmerer allowed one hit through the final four innings in relief.
Carroll baseball hammers out 29-0 win over EHS
Carroll County baseball jumped on visiting Eminence early and often in a 29-0 rout Friday at Panther Field in Carrollton.
The Panthers hung 15 runs on the Warriors in the bottom of the first inning - all on a two-out rally.
Carroll then tacked on at least one run in every inning after that until the game ended on the mercy rule.
Chase Osborne was the winning pitcher for Carroll County.
The Panthers host Highlands of Fort Thomas at 7:30 p.m. today.
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