BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Manchester University baseball team won two critical Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road games at Bluffton University. The Spartans won a pitcher's duel in game one by a final score of 3-1. Manchester's offense then tallied 18 runs in a big 18-9 victory in game two.
Game 1 - Manchester 3, Bluffton 1 - Box Score
Manchester got strong pitching in the first game of the day to get past the Beavers 3-1. Jordan Hilyard (Decatur, Ind. / Bellmont) had one of his strongest performances of the season. Jordan threw 6.1 innings, scattered seven hits and allowed just one sacrifice fly. Craig Overpeck (Rockville, Ind. / Rockville) came in and threw the remaining 2.2 innings and was credited with a save. Overpeck allowed just one hit.
Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) got Manchester on the board in the first inning with an RBI single. Michael Pinarski (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) doubled home another run in the top of the second inning. The Spartans would add one more run in the top of the ninth following a hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) had two hits in four trips to the plate.
Game 2 - Manchester 18, Bluffton 9 - Box Score
The second game of the day very much resembled Manchester's offensive performance this past weekend at Mount St. Joseph. The Spartans tallied 18 runs on 21 hits. MU scored four runs in both the first and second innings, added three more in the third, and scored five times in fifth.
LaFollette continued to swing a hot bat, going 4-5 with four RBI in game two. Pinarski went a perfect 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Joe Gallatin added four RBI and Christian Smith (Indianapolis, Ind. / Mt. Vernon) went 2-5 with three RBI.
Brett Kron (Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills) and Isaiah Knight-Neraasen (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Snider) each had three hits. Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) gave up three runs in five innings and earned his fifth win of the season.
Manchester has now won three straight HCAC contests and sits at 6-7 in league play. MU is still very much in the hunt for a conference tournament berth with four league games remaining. Bluffton dropped to 6-8 in HCAC play. MU will travel to St. Francis (Ind.) tomorrow for a single contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow's game against the Cougars will be at the World Baseball Academy in Fort Wayne.