A photo finish race for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament is at hand Saturday, April 26. Manchester University's trip to Rose-Hulman is one of four sites that all eyes will be on for the final day of the regular season.
Game specifics: First pitch for the twinbill at Rose-Hulman's Softball Field is 1 p.m. … Live statistics and video can be accessed via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold's scenario for return to the league postseason tournament field includes sweeping the Fightin' Engineers and getting some help. They are currently part of a three-way tie for fifth … MU (10-22 overall, 6-8 HCAC) is playing their fifth and sixth games in six days. They opened the week with a doubleheader loss to St. Mary's College of Indiana April 21 and a split with Huntington University April 23 … Five Spartans are within the conference's top five statistically going into the weekend. Freshman outfielder Emilee Liston (Cicero, Ind.) is third in batting average (.392), sophomore pitcher/designated player/infielder/catcher MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) is fifth in RBIs (25) and home runs (four), sophomore designated player/catcher/outfielder Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) is fourth in home runs (five), and the duo of junior shortstop Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) and senior third baseman Kylie Planck (Valparaiso, Ind.) are four-five in stolen bases (T-4th – 12).