Treks to Indiana Tech Wednesday, April 25, and Defiance College Thursday, April 26, are part of a run of five games in four days for Manchester University.
Game details: Wednesday's first pitch between the Spartans (16-16) and the Warriors (31-17) is 6 p.m. at Warrior Baseball Field on IT's campus. The Black and Gold and Yellow Jackets (8-16, 2-8 HCAC) continue the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference calendar Thursday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at DC's Craig A. Rutter Field … Live audio, stats, and video are available for all three games via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Rick Espeset's team is coming off two of three victories in their home season finale April 21 and 22. The Spartans swept past Mt. St. Joseph University for an essential pair of loop decisions winning 5-4 and 10-3 Saturday while a wild back-and-forth affair against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Wabash College Sunday was decided by two Little Giants' scores in the 10th as part of a 10-9 final … Through 32 games, five starters are hitting .300-or-better in the line-up. Sophomore first baseman Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) leads the way (.366) followed closely by junior outfielder Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.) (.362). Senior outfielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) (.338), sophomore designated hitter/outfielder Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) (.316) and senior third baseman Hunter Lane (Nappanee, Ind.) (.313) round out the list. Other offensive bests belong to Rush (.549 slugging percentage/.448 on-base percentage/21 RBI); LaFollette (25 runs scored/38 hits); LaFollette and Lane (nine doubles/two triples); and Knepper (three home runs). On the mound, junior Jordan Hilyard (Decatur, Ind.) is first among the starters in earned run average (3.38), and sophomore Craig Overpeck (Rockville, Ind.) tops the bullpen ERA totals (2.29). Senior Taylor Kopplin (Westport, Ind.) is the staff wins (five) and strikeouts (48) leader, while junior John Magers (Noblesville, Ind.) and senior Garrett Phelps (Covington, Ind.) are tied for the saves lead (two) … Kopplin's statistical resume plays the best in the conference. He's tied for second in wins and stands fifth in strikeouts … Manchester University resumes eight straight on the road Saturday, April 28, with a pair of games at Transylvania University. Start time is 12 p.m.