2017 Manchester Baseball

  • Spartans trio part of JBL
    July 10, 2017
    Rising Manchester University seniors Brandon Eck (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Taylor Kopplin (Westport, Ind.) and rising junior Matt Pritz (LaPorte, Ind.) are on the roster of the Haysville Aviators for the Jayhawk Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League.
  • Different Shade of Green: Maringer changes athletic focus
    June 21, 2017
    Sliding into third base, smashing a double into the gap, leaping for a ground ball … That was what Danny Maringer looked at in regards to sports for a good share of his life.
  • Art of the Steal: Alum develops life brush with MU base
    June 14, 2017
    Matt Talarico is a creative thinker.
  • Gallatin, Schultz headline all-HCAC honors
    May 17, 2017
    Freshman designated hitter Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) topped accolades for Manchester University on the 2017 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams, released Tuesday, May 16.
  • Manchester University closes out 2017 campaign
    May 13, 2017
    RICHMOND, IND. – While a pair of defeats in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Earlham College’s Sadler Field diminished weekend plans for Manchester University, it couldn’t take away the memories of more Spartans’ diamond success.
  • Spartans take second seed into HCAC tourney
    May 11, 2017
    For the 19th time in the last 21 years, Manchester University is among the final four of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
  • Late surge sends Spartans to HCAC winners’ bracket
    May 11, 2017
    RICHMOND, IND. – Sophomore shortstop Braxton Riley (Fort Wayne, Ind.) singled home a run with a sharp shot up the middle, and senior first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.) scurried home the eventual game-deciding tally a batter later as part of Manchester University’s final at-bat during its first game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Thursday, May 11.
  • Final Four Fever: Weekend series win locks up HCAC bid, 20-win campaign
    May 08, 2017
    FRANKLIN, IND. – Eight players finished with multiple-hit efforts, while junior pitchers Taylor Kopplin (Westport, Ind.) and Stephen Pinarski (Goshen, Ind.) stepped to the forefront for Manchester University Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7.
  • Eighth inning rally sparks fourth straight win
    May 03, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Three straight scoring hits in its final at-bat helped Manchester University keep pace for the top spot on the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings Wednesday, May 3.
  • Senior Weekend Sweep: Spartans climb into second spot
    April 30, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. ? Freshman designated hitter Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) has gotten plenty of attention across the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and beyond in 2017. His heroics Sunday, April 30, add to his remarkable first year collegiate resume. Trailing defending conference regular season and tournament champion Rose-Hulman 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth of a series finale at Gratz Field, he stepped to the dish and sent a long fly ball to right field that cleared the top row of bleachers for a two-run home run and a 6-5 lead. Manchester University added a single tally in the sixth and then had Mother Nature step in for assistance in the top of the seventh to ensure a memorable Senior Weekend. The Fightin? Engineers (17-18, 15-8 HCAC) answered Gallatin?s bomb with one of their own in the top of the seventh and added another tally for an 8-7 edge. However, soon thereafter, a decision was made to the call the contest with a steady rain continuing to fall and field conditions worsening. Due to that, the rally went by the wayside and led the Spartans (17-18, 15-8 HCAC) to second place on the loop standings with a 7-5 decision. Manchester University?s offense also had positives from senior center fielder Chad Schultz (Fair Oaks, Ind.) who drilled a two-run double and a trio of sophomore shortstop Braxton Riley (Fort Wayne, Ind.), junior left fielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) and sophomore second baseman Christian Smith (Fortville, Ind.) who each had an RBI. Riley also scored two runs. During an afternoon that could have made B.J. Thomas, Paul Newman and Robert Redford happy as raindrops fell on the heads of both teams throughout, the Black and Gold claimed the middle contest 9-8 as it was completed from a suspended state of the following evening. Senior relief pitcher Cory Ferguson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) held off a ninth inning rally by the visitors that saw them plate a run and put the tying run at second with two outs. His fourth save was closed with a grounder to senior third baseman Kevin Clarke (Cincinnati, Ohio) that led to a tag at the hot corner and the final out. The Spartans, wrapping up their first sweep of the Fightin? Engineers since 2010, move into the final week of the regular season Tuesday, May 2. Anderson University comes to North Manchester for the season series finale which has a 4:15 p.m. first pitch.
  • Eck dazzles, helps Black and Gold inch up HCAC
    April 29, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – The beginning of a critical Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference home stand couldn’t have been scripted much better for Manchester University Saturday, April 29.
  • Knepper gains weekly conference award
    April 26, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. - Junior outfielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) represented Manchester University on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Player of the week announcement for the period of April 17-23.
  • Offense highlights interregional clash
    April 26, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A gusty early spring wind and warm temperatures at Gratz Field provided fans in attendance of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association battle between Manchester University and Calvin College plenty to cheer for Wednesday, April 26.
  • Busy stretch starts with league road defeat
    April 25, 2017
    DEFIANCE, OHIO ? While seven different Manchester University batters touched Defiance College pitching for hits Tuesday, April 25, it wasn?t enough to overcome the host Yellow Jackets and Craig A. Rutter Field.
  • Weekend series win keeps Spartans close to HCAC leaders
    April 23, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Standout pitching starts from junior Brandon Eck (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior Cory Ferguson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) helped spotlight two of three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference decisions over Transylvania University Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23.
  • Venue changes for Transylvania series
    April 20, 2017
    Due to a forecast for inclement weather in the Lexington, Ky., area this weekend, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series between Manchester University and Transylvania University, originally slated for TU’s William A. Marquard Field, has been moved to MU’s Gratz Field.
  • On The Rise: Win moves Manchester University into second
    April 18, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A healthy dose of junior starting pitcher Stephen Pinarski (Goshen, Ind.) coupled with another high-flying offensive attack led to a fourth successive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Tuesday, April 18.
  • Spartans, AU continue HCAC clashes
    April 17, 2017
    It’s the second of three meetings between Manchester University and Anderson University Tuesday, April 18, at Gratz Field.
  • Seri-“ous” Sweep: Black and Gold climb into HCAC top three
    April 15, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A potent combination of sparkling pitching and strong offense proved a successful equation for Manchester University Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15.
  • Late-innings rally subdues Spartans
    April 11, 2017
    ANDERSON, IND. – Senior outfielder Chad Schultz (Fair Oaks, Ind.) and sophomore outfielder Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.) each clouted triples, and Schultz added two RBI Tuesday, April 11, at Anderson University’s Don Brandon Field, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a home team offensive blitzkrieg over the final four innings.
  • League rivals open season series
    April 10, 2017
    It’s the first of three games this spring between Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference competitors Manchester University and Anderson University Tuesday, April 11.
  • Saturday split leads to weekend series victory
    April 08, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – The crowd filing into the grandstand and around Manchester University’s Gratz Field Saturday, April 8, was treated to offense and plenty of it.
  • Final at-bat victory closes HCAC thriller
    April 07, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University’s steady climb up the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings continued with a little bit of late-inning heroics Friday, April 7.
  • HCAC preseason poll leaders square off
    April 06, 2017
    Manchester University continues a span of four games in five days this week, as Earlham College is the Spartans’ guest at Gratz Field Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.
  • Long balls highlight non-conference match-up
    April 04, 2017
    NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A pair of freshmen sent baseballs out of Gratz Field Tuesday, April 4, leading a 10-hit attack for Manchester University.
  • Sunday split leads to HCAC series victory
    April 03, 2017
    BLUFFTON, OHIO – Senior first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.) doubled and drove in a run, while junior starting pitcher Taylor Kopplin (Westport, Ind.) turned in seven strong innings in route to his first win of the season to highlight a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday, April 2.
  • OAC, HCAC match-up on docket Tuesday
    April 03, 2017
    A stretch of four games in five days starts Tuesday, April 4, as Ohio Athletic Conference member Otterbein University visits Manchester University for a non-conference match-up.
  • Eighth inning rally sends Manchester University to win
    April 01, 2017
    BLUFFTON, OHIO – Junior Brandon Eck (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior Cory Ferguson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) combined for six strikeouts over nine innings, and Manchester University’s offense took advantage of some late-inning heroics in its series opener at Bluffton University Saturday, April 1.
  • Bluffton weekend series next on Black and Gold calendar
    March 31, 2017
    A Saturday, April 1, doubleheader and Sunday, April 2, single nine-inning game at Bluffton University’s Emory Sears Athletic Complex is next on Manchester University’s schedule.
  • Spartans forge conference road split
    March 29, 2017
    DEFIANCE, OHIO – Sophomore right-handed starting pitcher John Magers (Noblesville, Ind.) produced his second successive sterling effort Tuesday, March 28, leading Manchester University at Defiance College’s Craig A. Rutter Field.
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