The 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opening doubleheader against the College of Mt. St. Joseph of Ohio Sunday, March 30, is on the docket for Manchester University.
Game specifics: First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Kinder Morgan Softball Complex on MSJ's campus.
Spartan Shorts: Manchester University brings a 3-9 record into the conference opener. They finished their annual Florida spring break trip with two wins in 10 games … Three Black and Gold players are hitting .300 or higher to lead an offense that sports a .250 team average. Senior infielder Alicia Cleveland (LaGrange, Ind.) guides the trio with a .357 mark that includes a pair of runs scored and RBIs, while sophomore outfielder Ashley Stahl (Wheatland, Ind.) is next in line (.304, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs), and junior outfielder Shannon Stephan (Granger, Ind.) stands at .300 with a double and four RBIs … Sophomore designated player/catcher/infielder Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) is the squad's power broker having collected seven extra base hits among her 10 overall for a .629 slugging percentage … On the mound, junior starter Ashlea Nash (Gas City, Ind.) has a staff-best two victories and four complete games. Sophomore MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) has been impressive with a 1-2 record, two complete games and 14 strikeouts … The Black and Gold has claimed nine straight in the all-time series with Mt. St. Joseph … Non-conference doubleheaders against St. Mary's College of Indiana, set for Wednesday, March 26, and Albion College of Michigan Thursday, March 27, were postponed. Make-up dates will be announced later.
Looking Ahead: Manchester University goes into a stretch of six games in six days next week. They face off with league rival Anderson University Tuesday, April 1, at AU and then return home for back-to-back HCAC dates with Franklin Saturday, April 5, and Hanover Sunday, April 6.