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Lions' baseball team falls in series opener at Hanover College
Mount St. Joseph (12-23-1, 7-16 HCAC)
Hanover College (14-19, 10-13 HCAC)
5/2/2014 | Hanover, Ind. | Attendance: 103
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Hanover College00504400X13124
Win: Chumas (2-1) 5.082122
Loss: Brandon Polking (3-5) 3.075520
Michael Leytze (MSJBB) 312000
Casey Wagner (MSJBB) 212401
Nick Browning (MSJBB) 522100
Rob Shaw (MSJBB) 402310
Alec Schmidt (MSJBB) 422000
Shultz (HANOVER) 412300
Johns (HANOVER) 332020
Brooks (HANOVER) 522100

Saturday, May 03, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph baseball team got off to a fast start on Friday afternoon at Hanover College, but allowed three big scoring innings by the Panthers as they dropped the opener of the three-game weekend series, 13-9. The Lions, 12-23-1 overall, 7-16 in the HCAC, will resume action on May 3 at Hanover when they play a doubleheader against the Panthers.

Rob Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) got the Mount on the scoreboard first when he plated two runs with a single in the first inning. The Lions would hold that advantage, 2-0, until the third inning when Hanover erupted for five runs on six hits and a Mount error. They would add identical four-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings to push their lead out to 13-2. The Lions would post their own high-scoring inning in the eighth inning, scoring six times on four hits and three Hanover miscues. Casey Wagner had the big hit in the inning with a grand slam home run - his first home run of the 2014 season. Nick Browning (Fairfield, OH/Hamilton Badin) added an RBI double in the ninth inning for the final margin.

The Lions had 14 hits in the game, with Michael Leytze (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle), Shaw, Browning and Wagner leading the way with two hits each. Shaw also had three RBI. Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) started on the mound and was tagged with the loss, falling to 3-5 on the season. Three Mount relievers also saw action in the game.

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