MUNCIE, Ind. – The Manchester University baseball team's upset bid of Division I Ball State University came up short on Wednesday afternoon at BSU's Ball Diamond Complex at First Merchant's Ballpark Complex.
The Spartans hung tough with the Cardinals and used a three-run top of the 5th inning to take a 4-2 lead. Manchester's lead would hold up until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Cardinals rallied to regain control of the game. Ball State, which improved to 19-9 this season, would go on to win Wednesday's game by a 12-4 final.
Muncie native Joe Gallatin had an outstanding homecoming and provided the early offensive surge for Manchester. Gallatin launched his team-leading fifth home run of the season in the top of the 3rd inning that got the Spartans on the board. Two innings later in the 5th, Gallatin laced a two-run double down the line in right that scored Braxton Riley (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne) and Christian Smith (Indianapolis, Ind. / Mt. Veron). Joe went 2-5 on the day with two runs scored and three RBI.
Against the Cardinals, Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) also drove in a run.
Manchester will now gear up for a critical weekend ahead as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play resumes on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday April 6, the Spartans will travel to Terre Haute for a doubleheader with the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. Saturday's games will begin at Noon.
On Sunday April 7, Manchester will host the Hanover College Panthers at Gratz Field beginning at Noon. MU is 4-1 at home this season.