There were several events happening at Manchester University Tuesday.
Manchester Tops IU-South Bend 7-2
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s tennis team defeated visiting IU-South Bend 7-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-8 on the season.
The Spartans swept doubles play against the Titans. Connor Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind. / Manchester) and Isaac Miller (Millersburg, Ind. / Fairfield) paired for an 8-3 win at the No. 1 position. Bailey Buhrt (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) and Samuel Hollingsworth (New Castle, Ind. / Blue River Valley) won 8-2 at the No. 2 slot. Dalton Bailey (Bourbon, Ind. / Triton) and Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla. / Mariner) rounded out the doubles sweep with an 8-4 triumph at the No. 3 flight.
Miller added a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 2 singles position. Buhrt triumphed 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 flight. Samuel Hollingsworth added a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 slot and Andrew Kibler added a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.
The Spartans have won back to back matches and will travel to face Hanover College on Saturday April 27. Match time is set for 11 a.m.
Laina Boggs Named HCAC Field Athlete of the Week
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Senior thrower Laina Boggs (Frankfurt, Ind. / Frankfurt) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Boggs earned a first-place finish in the javelin throw this past weekend at the AJ Cody Invitational hosted at Ohio Northern. Laina led the competition with a top throw of 30.99 meters (101′ 8″)
During the 2019 outdoor season, Boggs has three first-place finishes, three runner-up finishes and one fourth-place finish across four meets. Heading into this week’s HCAC Outdoor Championships, Laina has the best qualifying mark in the shot put (12.06m – 39′ 7″), and the second-best qualifying mark in the javelin throw (37.37m -122′ 7″).
The HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will begin on Friday April 26 at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Spartans Earn Critical HCAC Sweep at Bluffton
BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Manchester University baseball team won two critical Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road games at Bluffton University. The Spartans won a pitcher’s duel in game one by a final score of 3-1. Manchester’s offense then tallied 18 runs in a big 18-9 victory in game two.
Game 1 – Manchester 3, Bluffton 1
Manchester got strong pitching in the first game of the day to get past the Beavers 3-1. Jordan Hilyard (Decatur, Ind. / Bellmont) had one of his strongest performances of the season. Jordan threw 6.1 innings, scattered seven hits and allowed just one sacrifice fly. Craig Overpeck (Rockville, Ind. / Rockville) came in and threw the remaining 2.2 innings and was credited with a save. Overpeck allowed just one hit.
Joe Gallatin (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) got Manchester on the board in the first inning with an RBI single. Michael Pinarski (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) doubled home another run in the top of the second inning. The Spartans would add one more run in the top of the ninth following a hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
Tyler LaFollette (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) had two hits in four trips to the plate.
Game 2 – Manchester 18, Bluffton 9
The second game of the day very much resembled Manchester’s offensive performance this past weekend at Mount St. Joseph. The Spartans tallied 18 runs on 21 hits. MU scored four runs in both the first and second innings, added three more in the third, and scored five times in fifth.
LaFollette continued to swing a hot bat, going 4-5 with four RBI in game two. Pinarski went a perfect 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Joe Gallatin added four RBI and Christian Smith (Indianapolis, Ind. / Mt. Vernon) went 2-5 with three RBI.
Brett Kron (Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills) and Isaiah Knight-Neraasen (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Snider) each had three hits. Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) gave up three runs in five innings and earned his fifth win of the season.
Manchester has now won three straight HCAC contests and sits at 6-7 in league play. MU is still very much in the hunt for a conference tournament berth with four league games remaining. Bluffton dropped to 6-8 in HCAC play. MU will travel to St. Francis (Ind.) tomorrow for a single contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s game against the Cougars will be at the World Baseball Academy in Fort Wayne.
Manchester Softball Falls to Alma
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University softball team dropped a pair of non-conference contests to visiting Alma College on Tuesday evening out at the MU Softball Field.
Game 1 – Alma 16, Manchester 10 – Box Score
Both teams had little trouble mustering offense in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. The Scots finished with 16 hits while the Spartans collected 12.
Manchester got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI single from Alexis Mokos (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central).
The Scots opened the game up with eight runs in the second and scored at least one run each inning the rest of the ball game.
Manchester scored three times in the third, four times in the fifth and two times in the seventh.
Mokos led Manchester with three hits in four trips to the plate. Zoie Penn (Clinton, Ind. / Riverton Parke) had two hits and an RBI.
Game 2/5 Innings – Alma 9, Manchester 1 – Box Score
Manchester couldn’t slow the Scots’ offense as Alma took the second game of the day by a 9-1 final in five innings. The Scots added 12 more hits.
The Spartans again scored in the bottom of the first following a Mokos sac fly but MU was held scoreless the remainder of the game. The Spartans were limited to five hits in game two.
Manchester’s HCAC doubleheader with Rose-Hulman, originally scheduled for tomorrow evening in Terre Haute has been moved to Friday April 26 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.