Black and Gold begin busy week Tuesday

Black and Gold begin busy week Tuesday

A trip to Taylor University of Upland, Ind., continues a busy March for Manchester University.

Game specifics: First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at TU's Winterholter Field … Live statistics can be accessed via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold, ranked No. 15 on last week's D3Baseball.com top 25, takes a 4-2 record into the clash with the Trojans which is part of 21-game schedule in the season's opening month … All six contests were held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. March 1-3. A four-game set with fellow Division III member DePauw University was postponed this past weekend due to field conditions and weather … The Spartan offense put on a robust display on its Myrtle Beach trip with a .315 batting average and .512 slugging percentage which featured eight home runs, three triples and 12 doubles. The trio of junior Kyle Norris (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomores Chad Gindelberger (South Bend, Ind.) and Sean Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) led the attack with Norris hitting a meteoric .444 that included a pair of doubles and home runs, and Gindelberger and Knepper averaging just below .400 (Gindelberger .385; Knepper - .375). Knepper's four two-baggers led the way, while he, Norris and junior Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) each clouted two round trippers. Norris also was among the pitching leaders in South Carolina, firing four and a third innings and allowing just one earned run in relief. Senior Josh Copp (Sharpsville, Ind.) and junior Sean Liedtky (Walkerton, Ind.) topped the starter numbers. Copp struck out eight and didn't surrender a run over six frames in his lone appearance, while Liedtky was just as impressive in going the distance with six strikeouts and surrendering only two earned runs … The head-to-head series between the two programs has been nip-and-tuck dating back through 2008. MU has won the last two and holds a 4-3 edge in the span.

2014 Home Opener: Heidelberg College of Ohio is scheduled to visit Gratz Field on MU's campus Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

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