TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Manchester University belted four home runs in the nightcap of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Thursday, April 7, to highlight a road trip to Rose-Hulman.
After the Black and Gold were subdued by Fightin' Engineers starter Taylor Lockhart 2-0 in game one, the visiting bats came out early and often in game two. Freshman third baseman Kate Skeens (Gas City, Ind.) smacked a solo shot to lead off a four-run second inning, as the outfield combination of sophomore Mallorie Jennings (Bourbon, Ind.) and junior Emilee Liston (Cicero, Ind.) drove in three more scores in the frame with a pair of singles. Even with the home side answering with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, MU (13-7 overall, 2-2 HCAC) wasn't fazed, plating two runs in the third and fourth and one in the fifth to open a 9-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Skeens cracked her second round tripper of the game and fourth of the season in the third; fellow sophomore infielder Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.), playing at second base, hammered a homer, her fifth of the year, in the fourth; and freshman catcher Sydney Thompson (Logansport, Ind.) closed the long ball cavalcade with one of her own in the fifth.
All of the nine-run, 13-hit attack made a winner out of junior pitcher Anna Schillinger (Fort Wayne, Ind.). She worked through two earned runs and eight hits from the home side to earn her sixth complete-game effort and win of 2016.
Senior MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) did all she could to match her opponent in a game one pitcher's duel. Nicked for nine hits and only two runs, she didn't surrender a free pass. While those numbers kept her teammates close, it wasn't quite enough to match Rose-Hulman's starter. Lockhart gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out five for the complete-game shutout.
The Black and Gold, sitting fourth amongst a closely-knit HCAC standings chart, continue a set of six games in four days, traveling to Mt. St. Joseph. First pitch is 1 p.m. at MSJ's Kinder Morgan Complex.