Key league series on docket

Key league series on docket

Manchester University continues its four-game week with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference trek to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Rose-Hulman Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21.

Fans can follow live statistics and video, courtesy of links at, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics, during the weekend series.

Spartan Shorts: The weekend schedule, at Art Nehf Stadium on Rose-Hulman's campus, has a pair of nine-inning games beginning at 12 p.m. Saturday and one nine-inning contest starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. … It's a three-game set pitting the top two teams on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. Manchester University (23-4-1 overall, 13-2 HCAC), entering the week ranked No. 9 by and No. 13 by the American Baseball Coaches Association, leads Rose-Hulman (11-15 overall, 8-5 HCAC) by four games on the league standings. … The Black and Gold opened the week with a hard-fought 7-6, 10-inning loss to conference rival Anderson at Gratz Field April 16. The defeat snapped a 10-game overall and home field win streak. … Despite the defeat, the Black and Gold's strong rankings on the conference statistics' charts continued. Senior outfielder/pitcher Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind.) and sophomore second baseman Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) are four-five in batting average (Murphy - .398/Kimm - .391); junior third baseman Jordan Nieman (Michigan City, Ind.), senior shortstop Corey Marchant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Kimm are among the top five in RBIs (Nieman first – 50/Marchant third – 31/Kimm fifth – 28); Nieman is second in home runs (five); Kimm and senior outfielder Cody Schell (Granger, Ind.) are four-five in stolen bases (T-4th – 13 each); Bryce Murphy, senior Justin Scott (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior Kyle Konarski (Elkhart, Ind.) are one, three and five in earned run average (Murphy – 1.24/Scott – 1.89/Konarski – 2.3); Konarski is tied for the wins' lead (six) as Murphy is in saves (seven). … The senior trio of Bryce Murphy, Marchant and senior first baseman Brad Murphy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) each harbor impressive on-base streaks. Bryce Murphy has reached in 33 consecutive games, while Marchant has done so in 29 successive dating back to last year, and Brad Murphy has a skein of 17 games straight where he's been on base. Kimm has a 10-game hitting and on-base string in the works, too. … The series has been nip-and-tuck in recent seasons. Rose-Hulman has a slim 13-12 edge dating back through 2006, but the two sides each went 2-2 against each other in 2012 and 2011.

Road Trip Continues: The Spartans go to Defiance College of Ohio for a single nine-inning game Tuesday, April 23.

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