Spartans' home schedule begins today

Spartans' home schedule begins today

Manchester University opens a four-game weekend with Indiana Wesleyan's visit to Gratz Field Friday, March 15. First pitch is 4:15 p.m.

The Spartans continue a busy three-day stretch by taking on Heidelberg College of Ohio in a three-game set at Peaceful Valley Field on Heidelberg's campus Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. First pitch both days is 1 p.m.

Fans, friends and alumni of MU can check out live statistics for Friday's game and live statistics and video for the series at Heidelberg via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Today's clash with the Wildcats features one nine-inning contest, while MU and Heidelberg play a pair of nine-inning games Saturday and one on Sunday. … Today's game was set up after the Black and Gold's regularly-scheduled contest with Taylor University was cancelled due to field conditions Wednesday. … The Spartans enter the weekend with an 8-0 record and No. 21-ranking on D3baseball.com's top 25. MU received 119 ranking points on this week's poll to take a 15-spot leap from their No. 36 placing of a week ago. … Through eight games, the upperclassman duo of senior shortstop Corey Marchant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior infielder Dan Maringer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) top the offense, each hitting above .400. Marchant sits at .419 with 13 safeties, six of which are two-baggers, while Maringer is at .409. Sophomore infielder/outfielder Trevor Kimm (Anderson, Ind.) and junior third baseman Jordan Nieman (Michigan City, Ind.) provide an effective power punch power, combining for six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 34 RBIs. … On the mound, over the same span, junior Dylan Padgett (Kirklin, Ind.) and senior Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind.) lead the way so far. Padgett is 2-0 with a .56 earned run average and 11 strikeouts, while Murphy is 1-0 with two saves, a .82 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

Back Home: Manchester University welcomes in-state rival Wabash College to Gratz Field for a 4 p.m. first pitch Tuesday, March 19.

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