Nightcap rally leads Black and Gold to split

Nightcap rally leads Black and Gold to split

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Senior third baseman Hunter Lane (Nappanee, Ind.), freshman pinch hitter/outfielder Hunter Freeman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore first baseman Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) each plated runs in a game-deciding sixth inning comeback Thursday, March 1.

The Spartans, who had trailed John Jay College of New York 4-0 after two frames, turned the contest into a back-and-forth slugfest the remainder of the way at the Ripken Experience with five in the third. John Jay answered plating three in the fourth, but Coach Rick Espeset's side had the solution with one in the fifth and the big four-run sixth. Lane got the ball rolling with an RBI single; Freeman, who turned in a pivotal two-for-four effort at the plate off the bench, put Manchester University ahead for good with another run-scoring safety; and Rush cracked the contest wide open with a two-run liner to right field. Senior starting pitcher Brandon Eck (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and fellow Class of 2018 teammate Garrett Phelps (Covington, Ind.) made it stand up by allowing just one run over the final three frames.

MU's 10-8 victory in its second Palmetto State game softened the blow of an 8-6 loss to York College of Pennsylvania in the opener. The Black and Gold pounded five doubles off Spartan pitching with sophomore designated hitter Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) picking up where he left off a year ago with two hits, one of which was a two-bagger, and two RBI. However, York put up five scores over the first two innings and didn't look back.

Manchester University resumes its three-day Myrtle Beach excursion Friday, March 2, taking on John Jay at 11:30 a.m. and Lehman College of New York at 6 p.m.