Bluffton series resumes HCAC calendar

Bluffton series resumes HCAC calendar

The 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign moves along Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, against Bluffton University.

Game specifics: The defending league champions host the Beavers in a pair of nine-inning games Saturday, beginning at 12 p.m., and a single nine-inning game Sunday, starting at 12 p.m., at Gratz Field on MU's campus … Live statistics can be accessed both days at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: MU, fresh off a 1-2 record against Hanover in its league season opener last weekend, stands 7-9 overall. Bluffton sits 7-7 and is 0-3 in the conference after Rose-Hulman picked up a sweep in Terre Haute … Senior pitcher Temujin Sery (Fort Wayne, Ind.) spotlighted the series with the Panthers March 21 compiling a complete-game win at Westfield Sports Complex's Grand Park. He struck out nine and was touched for only two earned runs and nine hits en route to a 7-2 Spartans' win. Hanover came back and took both ends of a doubleheader March 22 … The junior outfielder combination of Justin Miller (Yorktown, Ind.) and Kyle Norris (Indianapolis, Ind.) is hitting at-or-above .400 to lead the offense through 16 games. Miller's average is at .407 with Norris hitting .400 … Sery's 27 strikeouts top the pitching staff, while senior Josh Copp (Sharpsville, Ind.) has two wins and 2.75 earned run average to be at the head of the class … MU has won eight straight and 20 of the last 22 in the all-time series with BU.

Busy Week Ahead: Manchester University takes to the road for a clash with preseason favorite Anderson University Tuesday, April 1, and then returns to North Manchester for a key early-season set with current HCAC leader Rose-Hulman Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6.

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