Manchester University looks to gain more ground on the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12.
Game details: Coach Josh Dzurick's squad (10-12 overall, 2-2 HCAC) hosts Defiance College Wednesday in a 3:30 p.m. twin bill at Spartan Field and travels to Anderson University's Raven Softball Field for a similar start time for another doubleheader Thursday … Live audio, statistics, and video are available for all contests via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: A sparkling span of 26 innings pitched with just one earned run given up continued for freshman pitcher Hayley Perez April 8. The Portage, Ind., kept a potent Franklin College offense in check in game two. While giving up three runs on the scoreboard, none of were earned, as Perez saw a once high earned run average of over 20 continues a remarkable descent to 2.52 while improving to 3-3 on the season after a 5-3 victory. She was aided by an offense that compiled seven hits and five scores after having been on the verge of being perfect gamed and no-hit in the opener. Senior second baseman Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.) and junior third baseman Kate Skeens (Gas City, Ind.) finished with two hits apiece, and another freshman put her name on the game's marquee as designated player Alexis Mokos (St. John, Ind.) lined a double to left center in the fifth that unloaded the bases for a 5-1 cushion. The opener saw Grizzlies' starter Olivia Paszek stymie the Black and Gold bats. She allowed only one baserunner over the first six frames and wasn't touched for a hit or allowed a walk. MU's offense finally got to the FC ace in the seventh. Junior catcher Sydney Thompson (Logansport, Ind.) doubled and scored on a single by sophomore infielder Makenzi Nyland (Avon, Ind.) but fell short of a complete comeback in a 4-1 defeat … Ladwig's game two effort Sunday marked her team-leading 11th multiple-safety outing. She's also first in multiple-RBI outputs with six and has the longest hitting and on-base streaks of the year (15). Mokos (10-game hitting/13-game on-base) and Skeens (10-game hitting and on-base) are close behind. With those numbers and National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Fastpitch News Division III national Player of the Week honors added in, she was named Hero Sports' top Division III player going into April earlier this week. Ladwig ranks in the top five nationally in home runs per game (No. 1), total home runs (No. 2), slugging percentage (No. 3) and total bases (No. 5).