GREENWOOD, IN - Manchester University went 4-0 in league play last week to take control of the HCAC race. The No. 16 ranked Spartans (19-3-1, 9-1 HCAC) beat Anderson in a single contest and earned a three-game sweep of Earlham to cap off the week. MU currently holds a two game lead over second place Hanover in the standings.
On Tuesday, Manchester pulled out a 2-0 win over rival Anderson as both teams battled for the top spot in the standings. Senior pitcher Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) tossed a complete game shutout in the win, allowing only three hits with nine strikeouts.
The black and gold capped off the weekend with a three-game sweep of visiting Earlham (6-18, 2-8 HCAC). Manchester racked up 30 runs in the three victories. Murphy led MU's offense over the weekend, going 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate with three doubles, four runs scored, and five RBI.
On the mound against EC, Murphy earned a win and a save coming out of the bullpen. The senior tossed 3.1 innings, allowing only one hit with one strikeout.
Manchester will welcome Defiance on Tuesday for a single contest and close out the week with a weekend series against Hanover Friday and Saturday.
In other HCAC action...
Hanover (14-9, 7-3 HCAC) moved into second place in the HCAC standings and currently sits two full games behind Manchester in the race for a league title. The Panthers beat Transylvania 8-1 on Tuesday and took two out of three games against Rose-Hulman (8-14, 5-4 HCAC) over the weekend. Sophomore Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) finished 6-for-16 at the plate (.375) with two doubles, a triple, one home run, five runs scored, and six RBI to lead the Panthers.
Defiance (12-8, 5-5 HCAC) moved up the league standings with a 3-1 mark last week. The Jackets beat rival Bluffton on Tuesday and pulled out a 2-1 series win over Mount St. Joseph (6-15, 2-7 HCAC) over the weekend. DC's Alex Schomaeker (Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf) recorded three saves in three save opportunities during the week to become the DC all-time saves leader with 12. Schomaeker finished the week with a line of 4.2 innings pitched with six strikeouts, one earned run, and one hit, while holding his opponents to a .063 average at the plate.
Transylvania (11-11, 5-5 HCAC) bounced back from the Hanover loss to take two-of-three games at Anderson (10-12, 6-4 HCAC). Sophomore infielder Graham Winchester (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar) led the Transy offense, finishing the week 8-for-14 (.571) at the plate with two doubles, one home run, nine RBI, and four runs scored.
Franklin (11-12, 4-6 HCAC) went 2-2 in league contests last week. The Grizzlies fell to Rose-Hulman on Tuesday, but rebounded to win the series with Bluffton (13-11, 4-6 HCAC) two games to one.
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