Hanover uses well-timed hits to get past Pioneers, 6-2

Hanover uses well-timed hits to get past Pioneers, 6-2
HANOVER, Ind. –Hanover picked up a 6-2 win over the visiting Pioneers, as three consecutive innings with two out RBI gave the Panthers the nod Wednesday.

The teams were nearly even in every statistic including hits and runners left on base, but the Panther offense was able to generate their final three runs with only one out remaining.

Hanover took a 1-0 lead in bottom half of the first before the Pioneers tied it at one in top of the second frame. Senior Pete Travisano dropped a single to right field to lead off the inning for the Pioneers. As Sam Liggett stood in the box, Travisano swiped second base putting him in scoring position. Liggett sent a RBI single to center field to tie the game at one, as the Pioneer offense threatened. Transylvania then loaded the bases after Hunter Voshell was hit by a pitch and a Zach Riney single to left field, but could not plate any more runs in the inning leaving three stranded.

Hanover's Nolan Hall sent a two RBI double to center to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the home half of the fourth. Hall's double was the first of three straight innings with two out, RBI hits from Hanover.

The Pioneers closed in on the Panther lead with another run in the fifth, as Nick Edwards crossed the plate for Transylvania on a double down the left field line from Trey Simpson. Simpson got on base with a double of his own, but the Pioneers still trailed 3-2 after five.

The Panthers extended their lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a lone run in the sixth. Each of the final three runs came with two outs, helping the Panthers seal the win.

Simpson and Liggett led the Pioneer offense on 2-for-4 from the plate, along with one RBI each.

The Pioneers conclude the season with a three-game conference series at Manchester University. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a double-header Saturday slated for a noon start.