MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – An 80-pitch gem from junior hurler Jordan Hillyard (Decatur, Ind.) headlined the final two days of Manchester University's southern sojourn at the Ripken Experience Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3.
Hillyard limited SUNY-Fredonia to six hits and one run over seven innings in the second half of a doubleheader Saturday. He struck out three with 53 of his pitches being strikes. Offensive positives were many in the 12-1 Spartans' victory, as freshman outfielder/infielder Joe Henschel (Huntertown, Ind.) blasted a three-run homer and the quartet of senior infielder Hunter Lane (Nappanee, Ind.), junior outfielder Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.), junior infielder Braxton Riley (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore outfielder Quentin Rumsey (Auburn, Ind.) each registered two-hit contests. Fredonia claimed the opener in a 9-8, eight-inning thriller despite a big outing from sophomore infielder Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) and LaFollette who combined for six hits and four RBI.
Coach Rick Espeset's squad also registered a 1-1 record Friday. MU (3-3) completed a two-day doubleheader sweep of John Jay with a 17-10 victory, as Rush had a mammoth day at the dish with a home run, double and five RBI that helped spark the win. Lehman College knocked off the Black and Gold in the second match-up, scoring in every inning in route to a 23-10 decision.
Manchester University returns to the diamond Wednesday, March 7, facing off against in-state National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' rival Taylor University. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.