Transylvania University visits Gratz Field Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, to highlight Manchester University's Senior Weekend 2014.
Series specifics: Game times are 4:15 p.m. for a single nine-inning contest Friday and 12 p.m. for a pair of nine-inning games Saturday … Live audio and statistics for all three games available via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Six Spartans (pitchers Temujin Sery of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dylan Padgett of Kirklin, Ind., Nick Miller of Huntington, Ind. and Josh Copp of Sharpsville, Ind., designated hitter/infielder Dan Maringer of Fort Wayne, Ind., and outfielder Ryne Lehrman of Hoagland, Ind.) play their final regular season contests on Gratz Field. They have been part of a 118-56-1 record which includes four successive 20-wins-or-more seasons, three years of 25-or-more victories and a school-record setting 39-win campaign a year ago. The Class of 2014 has assisted in two HCAC overall and tournament titles, two NCAA Division III Mideast Regional tournament appearances, both of which saw the program advance to the finals, and one Mideast Regional championship and NCAA Division III College World Series berth … MU's equation to wrap up the program's sixth overall and third conference title in the last four years requires either one win over Transylvania or an Anderson University loss during its series against Earlham. The Black and Gold hold a two-game lead over the Ravens going into the weekend … The current four-game home stand opened with a non-conference slugfest against Indiana Tech April 29. A combined eight extra base hits were the lead story in the 14-8 ITC victory. Junior second baseman Logan Hug (Indianapolis, Ind.) guided the Spartans with three hits, three runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. Sophomore third baseman Sean Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) also blasted a homer, while freshman first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.) added two RBIs. Hug stretched his hit streak to nine games, while Maringer moved his on-base string to 15 straight during the afternoon … Hug's hit streak has seen his batting average sky-rocket. It's up 126 points (.233 - .359) in the span due in large part to seven multiple-hit efforts … Going into the weekend, junior shortstop Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) and Copp lead the league in RBIs and earned run average, respectively. Kimm's 41 RBIs are one better than the field, while Copp's 1.78 ERA is in front by 13 points. Other top MU marks belong to Kimm (second in home runs – eight), Copp (T-3rd in saves – five) and Sery (5th in strikeouts – 54 and T-2nd in wins – six).
HCAC Championships: Complete information on the postseason tournament will be announced Saturday, May 3.