Manchester University resumes the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.
Earlham College comes to Gratz Field for a single nine-inning game that begins at 4:15 p.m. Friday and a pair of nine-inning contests that get underway at 12 p.m. Saturday. Live audio, statistics and video links for the series are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Manchester University enters the set against the Quakers with a 16-3-1 overall and 6-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record. The Spartans lead the league by a game over a second-place tie between Hanover and Anderson and are a game-and-a-half in front or Rose-Hulman in fourth. … National poll news continued to be good for the Black and Gold this week. MU remained at No. 16 on D3Baseball.com and moved into American Baseball Coaches Association Division III top 20 at No. 19. … For the third time in five weeks, a Spartan pitcher earned HCAC weekly honors. Senior Kyle Konarski (Elkhart, Ind.) joined junior Dylan Padgett (Kirklin, Ind.) and senior Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind.) in earning the award this week. MU has also had one offensive player (junior third baseman Jordan Nieman of Michigan City, Ind.) lauded. … Through 20 games, the Spartans lead the conference in four different statistical categories. Nieman's 34 RBIs, Bryce Murphy's 0.57 earned run average and five saves and Konarski's four wins are at the head of the class. … Bryce Murphy's complete-game shutout at Anderson April 2 helped drop the miniscule season earned run average even farther down. He goes into the weekend with the aforementioned 0.57 ERA as part of a 2-2 record and a team-best 30 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .188 against him. … Sophomore infielder Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) continued a recent roll at Anderson, too. His three-hit game was part of a stretch where his batting average has risen 38 points over the last nine games. He's compiled five multiple-hit contests in the span and taken over the team's multiple-hit game lead with 11. … Bryce Murphy and senior shortstop Corey Marchant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) have reached base safely in every game this season. Murphy's overall streak is at 25 straight, while Marchant is at 21 going into the weekend. … The Black and Gold leads the series 5-1 since Earlham joined the HCAC prior to 2010-11. They won two of three in Richmond last season and swept the Quakers at home in 2011.
Homestand Continues: Defiance College of Ohio comes to North Manchester for a single nine-inning game Tuesday, April 9. The Spartans host Hanover Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, as part of Manchester University's Spartan Sports Management's "Spartan Slam" celebration.