The Spartans picked up five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-0 lead, but Anderson responded with a four-run third inning to cut it to a 5-4 MC lead. The Spartans scored three runs in the fourth and five more runs in the sixth to take a 13-5 lead, and added two runs in the seventh for the 15-5 final.
Curt Mallery improved to 7-1 on the year, throwing all nine innings with nine strikeouts and five runs allowed on seven hits. Mallery moves up to third place in MC records with 86 strikeouts in a season.
Bryce Murphy was 2-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, as he had a two run homerun in the second inning for MC. John Smolinski also homered in the second inning for Manchester, finishing 2-4 with two RBIs and a run. Ty Foster was 1-4, driving in two runs on a homerun in the seventh inning. David Tatham added two runs to the scoreboard, finishing 3-5 on the day, while Brad Murphy went 3-6 and Trey Forbes leading the way with a 3-4 performance, all doubles, with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Manchester improves to 27-13 overall and will face Franklin College in the semi-finals, as Franklin scored 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Rose-Hulman. The first game starts at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, with the consolation game starting at 12:30 p.m.