DELAWARE, Ohio – The Manchester University baseball team split a pair of Sunday games at Ohio Wesleyan University. With Sunday's split, Manchester took three of four weekend games against the Battling Bishops.
Game 1 – Ohio Wesleyan 6, Manchester 4 – Box Sore
OWU defeated Manchester University in the first game on Sunday morning. Game one was a shortened, 7-inning contest.
Canyon McWilliams homered in the home half of the 1st inning, giving the Battling Bishops a 2-0. OWU never trailed in game one.
Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) went 2-4 and drove in two runs in the first game on Sunday. Christian Smith (Indianapolis, Ind. / Mt. Vernon) also collected two hits and drove in a run. Nick Tillman (Lawrenceburg, Ind. / East Central) scored two of MU's four runs.
Game 2 – Manchester 13, Ohio Wesleyan 7 – Box Score
The Spartans bounced back in the second game of the day, topping Ohio Wesleyan by a final score of 13-7
The Manchester offense jumped on the Bishops early and often in game two. Nick Rush (Terre, Haute Ind. / Terre Haute North) got the Spartans on the scoreboard in the top of the 1st inning after hitting a two-run double to left center.
MU added five runs in the second frame. A walk with the bases loaded gave Manchester a 3-0. Tyler LaFollette broke the game open with a grand slam to left center. LaFollette's grand slam was his first home run of the season.
Leading 7-2 in the top of the 6th inning, Christian Smith drove home a pair of runs with a single up the middle. Manchester University added four more runs in the seventh frame. Rush drove in two more runs with a single to right. A wild pitch then gave the Spartans a 12-7 advantage. Smith again delivered a run-scoring base hit; he finished with three hits in four at bats.
Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind. / Rochester) won earned his second win of the weekend after throwing 5.1 innings in his first collegiate start.
Manchester moved to 5-13 on the season and will now gear up for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Spartans will host the Hanover College Panthers at Gratz Field on Saturday March 30 in a doubleheader. First pitch from Gratz Field is scheduled for Noon.