Skeens, Sellers top efforts at Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Late rallies in both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader for host Kalamazoo College subdued Manchester University Tuesday, March 7.

Manchester University, fall to 0-3-1, tied up the Hornets 1-1 after a run-scoring single by sophomore third baseman Kate Skeens (Gas City, Ind.) in the third inning of the opener before Kalamazoo rolled up five runs over the fifth and sixth for a 6-1 decision. The nightcap saw Coach Josh Dzurick’s crew hold a 3-1 edge after five and a half and 4-3 lead after six and half but, in each case, the home bats answered the bell for a 5-4 victory.

Skeens finished her afternoon at KC’s softball field with three safeties in six at-bats. She was joined by fellow sophomore Krystal Sellers (Bourbon, Ind.) at the top of the offensive chart, as she was two-for-three with two RBIs and drilled a double in the second game as a designated hitter.

The Spartans’ weekend schedule has changed due to forecast inclement weather for the Centre College of Danville, Ky., area. Their doubleheader with Adrian College of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association set for Saturday, March 11, at Centre has been cancelled, while their twinbill against the host Praying Colonels is still on with a 12 p.m. start time Sunday, March 12.


Fast start sends Taylor past Spartans

UPLAND, IND. – Five Manchester University players ended with multiple-hit efforts Tuesday, March 7, leading the way during a non-conference match-up against perennial Crossroads League National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ power Taylor University.

The Spartans, despite dipping to 0-4 on the young season, tried to rally back from a 10-run blitzkrieg by the host Trojans in the home half of the opening frame. Coach Rick Espeset’s side closed the margin to 14-6 after plating three runs in the seventh but couldn’t get any closer. Taylor, upping their season mark to 8-10, added five more tallies compared to the visitor’s one for a 19-7 final.

Sophomore catcher Matt Pritz (LaPorte, Ind.) continued his impressive offensive output in the early season clouting a two-run double in the second as part of a two-for-two afternoon, with both being two-baggers, which saw his average rise to a team-leading and meteoric .571. Senior first baseman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind.) and freshman second baseman Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) each clobbered three hits, while junior designated hitter Alec Trzeciak (Charlotte, Mich.) and junior outfielder Eric Knepper (Bremen, Ind.) tallied two hits along with Pritz as Trzeciak tripled and Knepper launched his first home run of the year and the 12th of his career to add to the Black and Gold’s stockpile of six extra base safeties.

Manchester University is scheduled to resume its 2017 campaign with a three-game weekend set at Indianapolis’ Bishop Chatard High School against North Coast Athletic Conference member DePauw University Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12. Game times are 12 p.m. Saturday for a doubleheader and 12 p.m. Sunday for a single nine-inning contest.

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