Nightcap offense sends Spartans to split

Nightcap offense sends Spartans to split

HANOVER, IND. – Four players tallied multiple-hit contests to send Manchester University to past Hanover College in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, March 31.

Coach Rick Espeset's squad, going to 11-9 overall and 1-1 in the league, bounced back from a 7-1 loss to the host Panthers in game one. The upperclassman outfield duo of left fielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) and Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.) each nicked Panthers' pitching to the tune of three hits in a 14-5 game two win at K.T. Young Ballpark. Sophomore first baseman Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) and senior third baseman Hunter Lane (Nappanee, Ind.) added two-hit and two-run-batted-in games apiece for the Black and Gold.

The 14-hit blitzkreig was more than enough for Taylor Kopplin. The senior from Westport, Ind., K'ed five Hanover hitters and gave up only four earned runs on seven hits over six and a third frames to move to 3-1 on the season.

Eight different Spartans tallied a hit in the opener, as MU held an early 1-0 lead. However, the home side answered with six runs scored over the third through sixth innings to move to the victory.

Manchester University's 2018 HCAC slate resumes Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4, against rival Anderson University. The Spartans and Ravens play a single nine-inning match-up at Don Brandon Field on AU's campus at 4 p.m. Tuesday and then take the season series to Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, Wednesday for a 6 p.m. nine-inning clash.

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