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MSJ series opens with Spartan sweep

CINCINNATI, OHIO – A juggernaut offensive attack played a key role in Manchester University picking up two wins over the College of Mt. St. Joseph Friday, April 18.

The Spartans, improving to 19-11 overall and 13-4 in the league, broke up a 4-4 tie in the opener with an eight-run outburst over the sixth through ninth innings for a 12-6 victory, They didn't slow down in the nightcap at the University of Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium with a nine-run, 12-hit performance as part of a 9-0 victory.

Sophomore third baseman Sean Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) topped what concluded as a 21-runm, 30-hit afternoon in the Queen City. He finished with six hits, including two doubles, and drove in five runs with his biggest output occurring in game one where he had five safeties equaling junior shortstop Trevor Kimm's effort against Defiance College of Ohio April 15. The Anderson, Ind., ended just a hit shy of equaling the mark in game one, going four-for-five. He joined junior second baseman Logan Hug (Indianapolis, Ind.) with five hits for the day. Hug turned in the top individual effort in the nightcap with three hits, two RBIs and a double.

MU's pitching staff was also sterling against the Lions (11-17-1, 6-11 HCAC). Senior Temujin Sery (Fort Wayne, Ind.) improved to 5-0 overall and against league competition with the game one victory. Sery maneuvered around a feisty home line-up early allowing only four hits and no runs over the sixth through eighth frames after MSJ produced four runs on nine hits over the first five innings. Fellow senior Dylan Padgett (Kirklin, Ind.) ran his record to 4-2 and threw a beauty in game two. Padgett was touched for just five hits, of which just one went for extra bases, while striking out 10 in a complete-game decision.

The Black and Gold wrap up their weekend set with the College of Mt. S.t Joseph Saturday, April 19. First pitch is 12 p.m.

NOTES: Padgett wove his second career shutout and a personal single-game career high with his double-figure strikeouts. It was the most K's in a game for the Spartan starter since former standout Kyle Konarski fired 10 against Franklin in 2012 … Junior outfielders Justin Miller (Yorktown, Ind.) and Kyle Norris (Indianapolis, Ind.) take impressive streaks into Saturday's game. Miller has a 10-game hitting and on-base string in tow, while Norris has reached base safely in 18 consecutive contests.