HCAC slate starts with Hanover series

HCAC slate starts with Hanover series

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.

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May 9, 2014 Late rally drops MU
Spartans edged by Hanover
March 22, 2014 Spartans edged by Hanover
Spartans ranked in CBN top 10
December 28, 2013 Spartans ranked in CBN top 10
Brock joins Spartans' staff
August 16, 2013 Brock joins Spartans' staff