Fresh off a pair of pivotal Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victories at Transylvania University April 28, Manchester University steps out of league action for a single game at Taylor University Tuesday, May 1.
Game details: First pitch is 6 p.m. at TU's Winterholter Field in Upland, Ind. … Live audio, statistics, and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Five starters for Coach Rick Espeset's crew (18-19 overall) go into the clash with the Trojans of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics hitting .300 or higher. Sophomore infielder Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) tops the list (.371) followed closely by junior outfielder Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.) (.357). Senior outfielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) (.333); senior infielder Hunter Lane (Nappanee, Ind.) (.321) and sophomore designated hitter Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) (.303) round out the quintet. Lane was also first in doubles (11) and tied for the triples lead (three), while Knepper's three big flies guide the Black and Gold, and Gallatin, Rush and junior catcher Matt Pritz (LaPorte, Ind.) are each at-or-above 20 RBI … Two starters and two bullpen hurlers make up the top four earned run average pitchers. Senior Garrett Phelps (Covington, Ind.) and sophomore Craig Overpeck (Rockville, Ind.) have made life difficult in the late innings for the opposition, as Phelps (2.63) has surrendered only six earned runs over 13 and a third, and Overpeck (2.79) has been touched for just six earned tallies in 19 and third. Junior Jordan Hilyard (Decatur, Ind.) and senior Taylor Kopplin (Westport, Ind.) sport respective 3.86 and 3.88 ERAs for the starters list. Kopplin leads the staff with six wins and 54 strikeouts, too, while senior Brandon Eck (Fort Wayne, Ind.), junior John Magers (Noblesville, Ind.) and Phelps each have two saves … Manchester University concludes the HCAC slate Friday, May 4, with a pair of critical contests at Earlham College. Game times are scheduled for 6 and 9 p.m. at Randal R. Sadler Stadium on EC's campus in Richmond, Ind.