SPARTANS TAKE THIRD GAME OF SERIES IN 7-6 WIN OVER ROSE-HULMAN
Manchester 7 – Rose-Hulman 6
Manchester’s baseball team picked up a 7-6 win over Rose-Hulman on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep by the league leading Engineers.
Rose-Hulman broke a 1-1 tied by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth inning to go ahead 5-1, but Manchester bounced back in the bottom of the inning to score five runs and take a 6-5 lead and scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Trevor Kimm drove in Jordan Nieman to seal the 7-6 win.
Bryce Murphy took the win, throwing 2.2 innings of relief with a strikeout to his stats, while Dylan Padgett got the start, throwing 4.2 innings with five earned runs allowed and a strikeout. Nieman and Kyle Norris went 3-5 each, with Norris scoring two runs and driving in two more, with Norris scoring a pair of runs. Kimm went 2-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Manchester improves to 20-17 on the year, 12-10 in the HCAC. The Spartans will face Transylvania in the final conference series of the year on Saturday, as both teams battle for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament.
Manchester 3 – Hanover 2
Hanover 2 – Manchester 1
HOMMEMA SETS NEW RECORD IN DOUBLES AS MANCHESTER SPLITS WITH HANOVER, WILL ADVANCE TO HCAC TOURNAMENT
Manchester’s softball team clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in next week’s HCAC Tournament splitting with Hanover in conference play with a 3-2 win and a 2-1 loss.
In game one, Maureen Lund picked up her 12th win of the year and struck out six batters as Manchester defeated Hanover 3-2. Amy Hommema was 1-2 with a run scored, and connected on her 17th double of the year to set a new school record. Kendall Jefferies was 1-3 with an RBI, while Emily Willmann went 1-3 with a an RBI and a run scored, connecting on a triple.
In game two, Hanover scored a run in the first and second innings to take the 2-1 win over MC. Ashlea Nash was the losing pitcher, striking out three batters. Kylie Planck was 2-4 with a run scored and had a triple, while Willmann, Kayla Yates and Danielle Howell went 1-3.
Manchester improves to 19-21 on the year, 8-8 in the conference. They will face regular season champs Anderson in the first round of the HCAC Tournament starting Friday at noon from Anderson University.