Manchester University continues a span of four games in five days this week, as Earlham College is the Spartans' guest at Gratz Field Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.
Game details: First pitch for a single nine-inning game is 4:15 p.m. Friday, while a Saturday doubleheader is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start … Live audio, statistics and video are available for all games of the set at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The Spartans, sporting a 7-13 overall and 4-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference mark, are 3-3 in their last six, coming off a 17-6 non-conference loss at the hands of D3Baseball.com top 20-ranked Otterbein University April 4. Earlham, standing 10-7 overall and 5-3 in the league, has won four of its last five … Recent series history, despite the Quakers winning two of three a year ago at Richmond, is in favor of the Black and Gold to the tune of 13 victories in the last 19 meetings.
Spartan Shorts: A pair of Coach Rick Espeset's players find themselves among the HCAC's statistical top five through 20 outings. Senior pitcher Cory Ferguson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is listed twice in the territory, tied for fifth in wins (three) and second in saves (two), and fellow Class of 2017 member Chad Schultz (Fair Oaks, Ind.) remains tied for the home run top spot (five) … The freshman duo of designated hitter/catcher Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind.) and second baseman Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) added round trippers number 11 and 12 to the team total in the loss to Otterbein. Gallatin moving a personal hit streak to 11 successive games, clouted a three-run blast to left field, cutting an early 4-0 lead for the Cardinals from 4-0 to 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Rush launched a rocket well over the right field wall and into Carl W. Burt Memorial Stadium during the Spartans' final at-bat for his first collegiate home run … Gallatin's rise up the batting average charts directly correlates with his hit streak. He went into the run at .250 and has skyrocketed to .345, second on the team to only to senior first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.). Schultz resumed his lengthy on-base roll against Otterbein as well, making it 18 straight contests when he singled in the first … Manchester University has a four-game schedule on the docket next week. They travel to loop rival Anderson University Tuesday, April 11, for a 4:15 p.m. first pitch and quickly come back to their home confines Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, to host Hanover College in a league set which has 4:15 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday start times.