Softball Earns Split in HCAC Opener at Bluffton

Softball Earns Split in HCAC Opener at Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Big offense was on display this afternoon in the Buckeye State as Manchester University and Bluffton split a doubleheader on Wednesday to open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.  Both the Spartans and Beavers tallied 14 runs in their respective wins and combined for 43 runs in two games.

Game 1 – Bluffton 14, Manchester 9 – Box Score

A big bottom of the 3rd inning by Bluffton doomed the Spartans in the first game on Wednesday afternoon.

Manchester got on the board first in the contest after Alexis Mokos (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) hit her second home run of the season in the top of the 1st.

The Beavers scored eight runs in the bottom of the 3rd and took an 8-2 lead over MU.  The Spartans slowly pecked away at the deficit and got within a run, 9-8, after scoring four runs in the top of the 5th inning.

Bluffton's offense didn't slow as BU answered Manchester's rally with five runs in the home half of the 6th.  MU was not able to recover and fell by a 14-9 final.

In game one, Haley Perez (Portage, Ind. / Portage) went 3-4 and drove in four runs.  Perez hit a two-run homer.  Katelynn Skeens (Gas City, Ind. / Mississinewa) went 3-4, scored once and had one RBI.  Manchester tallied 12 hits in game one.

The Beavers collected 17 hits in game one.

Game 2 – Manchester 14, Bluffton 6 – Box Score

Manchester's offense pounded out 23 hits and scored a season-high 14 runs to earn a split against Bluffton on Wednesday afternoon.  The Spartans' previous highwater mark for runs in a game was 13, set back on March 21 against D'Youville down in Florida.  Manchester scored in every inning except the visiting half of the 5th inning. 

Seven Spartans had a multi-hit game and both Miranda Boggs (Frankfurt, Ind. / Frankfurt) and Alexis Mokos had four hits.  Kendal Torrence (Lowell, Ind. / Lowell) and Zoie Penn (Clinton, Ind. / Riverton Parke) had three hits apiece for MU.

Katelynn Skeens drove in a team-high four runs.  Her day included a three-run home run to right in the top of the 7th inning.  Haley Perez also homered for the second time today in the top of 4th inning.  Makenzi Nyland (Avon, Ind. / Avon) also had 3 RBI to support the strong Manchester offense.

Page Magner (North Vernon, Ind. / Jennings County) pitched four innings in relief and allowed no runs en route to her first pitching victory this season. 

MU improved to 6-8 this season.  Manchester will travel to Hanover College on Saturday April 6 as HCAC play continues.  First pitch this weekend is set for 1 p.m.