Late rallies subdue Spartans
WESTFIELD, IND. – Manchester University's offense amassed an 18-run, 23-hit attack against Ohio Athletic Conference power Heidelberg College Saturday, March 15, but the visiting Student Princes took advantage of late-inning comebacks to top D3Baseball.com's No. 19-ranked squad 15-9 in game one and 11-9 in 10 innings in the nightcap.
MU, dipping to 6-5, bolted out to a 5-1 lead after two innings in the opener before HC answered with 11 runs over the third and fourth frames. The Spartans got three back in the fifth to pull within 12-8 and had opportunities to cut into the deficit even more with runners on in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, which included a single tally in the eighth, but couldn't come any closer. They also started quickly in game two, plating runs in their first four at-bats for an 8-3 advantage. Heidelberg started to whittle away with a single run in the fifth and three in the sixth to make it 8-7 and then added two in the eighth for a 9-8 edge. The Spartans opened the home half with singles from senior designated hitter Dan Maringer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior third baseman Logan Hug (Indianapolis, Ind.) which eventually led to the tying run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore catcher Derek Lamle (Columbia City, Ind.) and a 9-9 tie. The visitors broke the deadlock in the 10th behind a pair of extra base hits and then set down the home side in order to preserve the win.
Junior outfielder Kyle Norris (Indianapolis, ind.) led the individual offensive highlights with six hits, three runs scored, two RBIs and a triple. Maringer was close behind with four hits and two RBIs, while junior shortstop Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) and sophomore catcher Elliott Ford (Columbia City, Ind.) ended with two RBIs each.
The weekend at the Westfield Sports Complex began with an 8-1 win for the visiting Student Princes Friday, March 14. Kimm homered and turned in three hits to lead the offense, while junior outfielder Justin Miller (Yorktown, Ind.) added two hits.
Heidelberg plated two runs in the first, third and fifth frames en route to the win. Freshman relief pitcher Blake Fry (Middlebury, Ind.) highlighted the staff efforts with four strikeouts in three innings of work.
MU is scheduled to face off against DePauw in Greencastle, Ind., Wednesday, March 19. First pitch is 1 p.m.