The 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign begins Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, against Hanover College.
Game specifics: The defending league champions travel to the Westfield Sports Complex's Grand Field … First pitch for a single nine-inning game is 6 p.m. Friday and for a doubleheader is 10 a.m. Saturday.
Spartan Shorts: MU (6-7) received votes on the first Division III American Baseball Coaches Association and D3Baseball.com rankings, released earlier this week … They opened the week with a pair of close-knit losses at the hands of in-state Division III rival DePauw University March 18. The Tigers held on for 9-5 and 6-4 decisions … Junior outfielder Kyle Norris (Indianapolis, Ind.) guides the offense through 13 games hitting a sparkling .463 behind 25 hits, 10 of which have gone for extra bases. Senior infielder/designated hitter Dan Maringer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is next in line at .350 … The Black and Gold's offensive prowess has turned heads on the current national statistics' report, as they are in the top 10 in home runs (No. 10 – 10) … Senior Josh Copp (Sharpsville, Ind.) tops the pitching performances to date, sporting a 2-2 record and 3.45 earned run average. His 15 and two-thirds innings' worked are also first, while his 18 strikeouts are tied with fellow senior hurler Temujin Sery (Fort Wayne, Ind.) … The Spartans have won 22 of the last 25 in the head-to-head series with Hanover. The run includes a sweep of last year's contests in North Manchester.
Home Opener: Bluffton University of Ohio is scheduled to visit Gratz Field for a weekend series Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29.