Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Hope College takes a southern trek to Spartan Field Tuesday, April 18.
Game details: First pitch is 3:30 p.m. … Live stats can be accessed via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Coach Josh Dzurick's Spartans sport a 9-17-1 overall record and are coming off a sweep of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Rose-Hulman April 13. Coach Mary Vandehoef's Flying Dutch took an eight-game win streak into a home doubleheader against the University of Chicago April 17.
Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold was looking for some key wins to put an end to a recent rough patch where the Spartans had dropped eight straight and nine of their last 10 and got that April 13. Junior pitcher Madisyn Walter (Hanna, Ind.) pieced together a dandy of a nightcap in the circle, allowing just one Rose-Hulman runner to reach base to send the Spartans to a 5-0 decision, and sophomore third baseman Kate Skeens (Gas City, Ind.) drilled a shot down the left field line that plated freshman first baseman Shakira Perez (Elkhart, Ind.) with the winning rally in a wild 9-8, eight-inning thriller in the opener. Walter, who had flirted with a perfect game/no-hitter in a Florida spring break trip win over Crown College of Minnesota, gave the home fans at Spartan Field more thoughts of the same in the nightcap. She weaved her way through the first five frames with a crafty display of pitching to put 15 Rose-Hulman hitters out. In the top of the sixth, the Fightin' Engineers' Cassidy Yeomans drilled a shot to the gap in right center that ended the perfect game and no-hit bid. Walter knuckled down from that point and retired six of the next seven to wrap up her second shutout and sixth win of the season. Sophomore designated player Krystal Sellers (Bourbon, Ind.) had a big afternoon, going four-for-four in game one and two-for-three in the second contest for a six-for-seven afternoon. The totals bolstered her batting average over 80 points (.255-.328). Junior second baseman Laurren Ladwig (Crown Point, Ind.) was next in line at the plate with six hits, including a home run, while Perez tallied five safeties … Manchester University seeks its first victories against the MIAA in 2017. Kalamazoo College and St. Mary's College each took a pair of contests from them earlier this season … Through 27 games, Perez and Ladwig are neck-and-neck at the top of the batting average column with .370 and .368 marks, respectively. Other category firsts offensively go to Skeens (19 RBI) and Ladwig (32 hits/22 runs scored/.398 on-base percentage/.621 slugging percentage/eight doubles/four home runs); and sophomore Mallorie Jennings (Bourbon, Ind.) who joins Ladwig in having the one of only two triples for the team. Walter is at the front of the class in regards to pitching, sporting a 2.88 earned run average; six wins; 90 innings pitched; 30 strikeouts; eight complete games; and 17 appearances … The Spartans resume HCAC action Saturday, April 22, beginning four in a row on the road with a trip to Hanover College.