Spartans close out season with split
TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Four players registered multiple-hit attacks to help guide Manchester University to a 15-7 game two win over Rose-Hulman Saturday, April 26.
Senior third baseman Kylie Planck (Valparaiso, Ind.), wrapping up a sparkling last month at the plate, powered four hits in five at-bats with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Junior shortstop Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) added three hits in four trips, while junior outfielder Shannon Stephan (Granger, Ind.) and senior catcher Kirby Glancy (Hartford City, Ind.) added two hits each as part of a 15-hit blitzkrieg.
MU forged a seven-run first inning rally to open an early advantage. They increased it to 11-3 after two and a half frames en route to the victory.
Game one was a back and forth battle. The Spartans bolted out to a 3-0 lead with the three in the top of the first but the Fightin' Engineers answered by plating eight tallies over five innings. The visitors battled back and cut the lead to 8-6 in the seventh, appearing on the verge of closing the gap even further before Rose-Hulman's pitching staff closed the comeback.
Planck, Willmann and sophomore outfielder/designated player Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) each turned in two-hit games. Sophomore first baseman MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) led the offense with three hits.
Manchester University saw its 2014 season conclude at 11-23 overall and 7-9 in the HCAC.