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.