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April 13, 2014

Sunday sweep closes winning week

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Manchester University compiled a pair of double-figure hitting contests helping lead it to a sweep of the College of Mt. St. Joseph Sunday, April 13.

The Spartans pounded Lions' pitching for 15 in the opener during a 16-6 victory and came back to register 10 more in a come-from-behind 6-5, eight-inning nail biter in the nightcap. The two wins wrapped up a 4-2 weekly span and kept MU (9-15 overall, 6-6 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) squarely a part of the conference's postseason tournament picture.

In game one, the Black and Gold rolled up 10 runs in the first three innings and were off the races. Sophomore infielder MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) and sophomore outfielder Ashley Stahl (Wheatland, Ind.) topped the attack with three RBIs each, while sophomore designated player Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) hammered a home run. In game two, both sides held the lead in regulation. MU pushed across the winning run in the 8th on an RBI single from Williams that plated Niezgodski, while senior catcher Kirby Glancy (Hartford City, Ind.) eradicated a MSJ threat in their half of the inning when she fired down to senior third baseman Kylie Planck (Valparaiso, Ind.) to wipe away the potential tying run.

Junior Ashlea Nash (Gas City, Ind.) was the beneficiary of the offensive attack. She claimed pitching decisions in both ends of the doubleheader going six innings in game one with just three earned runs allowed and came out of the bullpen for two innings in the nightcap to get the decision by not allowing a run or hit.

MU continues its conference slate with a key home conference twin bill against Bluffton University of Ohio Tuesday, April 15. Game time is 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Field.

NOTES: Williams takes a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday's doubleheader. It's the second longest string this season for an MU player … Stahl's five-hit effort jumped her season batting average 27 points (.271 - .298) … Manchester University's current run of five successive double-digit hit games has risen their team average 22 points (.262 - .284).