A combined 14 individual and team top five spots for baseball and four individual top 30 listings for softball highlighted Manchester University on the final 2013 NCAA Division III national statistics' reports.
The Spartans' baseball team, adding to an historic 2013 season where they earned the program's second College World Series berth and won the Mideast Region and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and HCAC regular season championship, received a top spot finish from junior infielder Jordan Nieman (Michigan City, Ind.) to highlight its marks. He led the country in total RBIs (71) and RBIs per game (1.51). Manchester University's best team rankings were seconds in total doubles (119), hit by pitches (93) and won-loss percentage (84 percent). Looking further, the Black and Gold was third in scoring (8.7 runs per game) and on-base percentage (.426) as were senior infielder Brad Murphy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in walks (37) and senior pitcher/outfielder Bryce Murphy (Ossian, Ind.) in saves (13), while the team was fourth in total runs (409) and hits (579), and Bryce Murphy was fourth individually in total runs (66) and runs per game (1.4). Nieman added another top five in total home runs (11 – No. 5).
MU's softball squad, as part of a campaign in which they claimed the school's first conference championship since 1992, had freshman catcher/infielder/designated player Kaile Niezgodski (South Bend, Ind.) ranked in the top 30 in home runs per game (No. 15 - .3), slugging percentage (No. 23 - .820) and home runs (No. 28 – 11). Junior infielder Kylie Planck (Valparaiso, Ind.) was ranked 28th in total triples (five).