Manchester University, sitting in a four-way tie for seventh on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, looks to improve its view with a short eastern trip to Defiance College Tuesday, March 28.
Game details: First pitch is 1 p.m. at DC's Craig A. Rutter Field … Live statistics for both nine-inning match-ups can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The Black and Gold has won 11 straight and 15 of the last 16 from the Yellow Jackets.
Spartan Shorts: The first week of loop action proved the 2017 season will be a fight to the finish, as all 10 teams garnered at least one win. The Spartans (4-10 overall, 1-2 HCAC) battled in three white-knuckle rides with Mt. St. Joseph University at Gratz Field March 24 and 25, as the Lions won 18-17 and 13-3 and the home side captured a 6-5 decision. All three meetings went down to the final frames, as MSJ scored two in the top of the eighth to win the opener and posted 12 in the same frame to capture the middle contest, and Manchester University was a winner in the finale due to holding off a late comeback by the visitors … Due to the offensive numbers Coach Risk Espeset's squad was able to provide in the conference's opening weekend, they hold high residence in several categories on the current HCAC statistics. Senior outfielder Chad Schultz (Fair Oaks, Ind.), the league's Hitter of the Week, is tied for first in home runs (five) and second in doubles (eight) while his 21 hits also have him among the top 10 (T-9th); freshman catcher/designated hitter Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) is just off the same territory in batting average (.387 – No. 11); while junior outfielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) and Gallatin are tied for eighth in home runs (two each) … Knepper, sophomore outfielder Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind.) and Schultz each take strong streaks to Defiance. LaFollette has hit in seven straight games, while Schultz (12) and Knepper (10) have each reached base safely in double-digit consecutive contests.
Bluffton Series: Manchester University returns to Ohio Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, for a three-game set against the Beavers. Game times are scheduled for 12 p.m. both days.