NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior outfielder Emilee Liston (Cicero, Ind.) and sophomore shortstop Mandy Boggs (Frankfort, Ind.) each registered multiple-hit efforts in game one, and freshman first baseman Shakira Perez (Elkhart, Ind.) did the same in the nightcap, highlighting Manchester University's 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener Saturday, April 1.
Even with those positives on their resume, it wasn't enough for the Spartans (7-13-1, 0-2 HCAC) to overturn the final scoreboard outcome, The visiting Mt. St. Joseph University Lions continued an impressive start to their campaign, plating two runs in the sixth inning of the opener and keeping a potential tying run on second base in the Black and Gold's final at-bat as part of a 3-2 decision and then bringing out the aluminum in a big way at the plate in game two to the tune of 15 runs on 16 hits to win 15-1 in five innings.
Liston joined junior second baseman Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.) with a RBI in the opener and nearly added another to her totals but Lions' second baseman Jenny Tarter made a diving catch of a liner headed to right with Perez on second in the seventh. Relief pitcher Paige Kieswetter kept the Spartans' fleet first-year player there for the final out with a pop up to close it out. Six MSJ hitters ended with two safeties or more in the second game, as the visitors scored two in the first and didn't look back.
Coach Josh Dzurick's crew looks to stem a recent span of five losses in its last six games, as they host league rival Anderson University Wednesday, April 5. First pitch is 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Field.