CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Junior outfielder Alex Trzeciak (Charlotte, Ind.) led six Manchester University players with multiple-hit weekends against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Denison University Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5.
Trzeciak, halfway to his 2016 season safeties' total, turned in four hits in nine official at-bats which ncluded a pair of doubles. Senior infielder Kevin Clarke (Cincinnati, Ohio) was next in line against the stingy Big Reds' pitching staff that surrendered only four runs in 27 innings, as he tallied three hits which included a double. Freshmen Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.), an infielder, and catcher/outfielder Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) joined senior first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.) and catcher/outfielder Matt Pritz (Culver, Ind.) with two hits each. Pritz' offensive efforts were spotlighted by a two-run double in Saturday's opener.
Despite the plate pluses, Denison's offense proved a tall task for the Black and Gold pitching staff. DU hit .385, scoring 42 runs on 45 hits in route to 17-2, 14-1 and 11-1 wins at Veterans Administration Memorial Stadium. A silver lining to a large 11.42 contingent earned run average for Coach Rick Espeset's hurlers was a group of five relievers (freshman Luke Helton – North Manchester, Ind; freshman Craig Overpeck – Rockville, Ind.; sophomore Jordan Hillyard – Decatur, Ind.; junior Devon Sheward – Marion, Ind.; and freshman Pedro Lopez – Bremen, Ind.) that gave up just three hits, didn't get touched for a run and struck out seven in five and third innings over the three contests.
Manchester University looks to turn around its tough start Tuesday, March 7. They travel to perennial Crossroads League National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' program Taylor University. First pitch is 5 p.m.