A Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road trip and home non-conference doubleheader are on the weekend calendar for Manchester University.
Game details: The Spartans (7-13-1) are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Franklin College's Behrens Softball Field at Grizzly Park Saturday, April 8, and a 2 p.m. start at Spartan Field against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Alma College Sunday, April 9 … Live statistics for the twinbill against the Grizzlies and live audio, stats and video for the double-dip against the Scots are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Coach Josh Dzurick's squad looks to turn the tide of a skid in which they've dropped five of their last six … Recent series history against Franklin has been close-knit with the Grizzlies holding a slim 11-9 edge due to sweeping the Black and Gold in North Manchester last spring. Sunday's set against Alma marks the third of four meetings against the MIAA. The Spartans are 0-4 to date having been defeated twice each by Kalamazoo College and St. Mary's College.
Spartan Shorts: A right-side infield duo of freshman first baseman Shakira Perez (Elkhart, Ind.) and junior second baseman Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.) top the team's statistics through 21 games. Perez sports a .362 batting average and is also the leading the stolen base charts with eight in 10 attempts, while Ladwig is close behind average-wise (.359) and is the team's power broker with three home runs and six doubles. In the circle, junior Madisyn Walter (Hanna, Ind.) is at the front of the class in wins (five), earned run average (2.44), appearances (14) starts (12), complete games (five), shutouts (one), innings pitched (71 and two thirds) and strikeouts (27). Freshman Tristyn Koon (Kokomo, Ind.) is second in ERA (4.23), complete games (four) and strikeouts (13) … Three of the categories translate well on the HCAC roll. Ladwig (home runs) and Walter (wins) are tied for fifth, while Perez (stolen bases) is tied for sixth … Saturday's doubleheader at FC marks the squad's first action since a pair of home defeats at the hands of Mt. St. Joseph April 1. A pair of contests against league rival Anderson University, scheduled for April 5, was washed out due to rain.
Home and Away Week: Manchester University is scheduled to go to Defiance College Wednesday, April 12, and host Rose-Hulman Thursday, April 13, in back-to-back loop dates. Game times are 3:30 p.m. each day.