Black and Gold split season opener
DANVILLE, KY. – Senior outfielder Kayla Yates (Delphi, Ind.) drilled a key two-run home run in the top pf the eighth Sunday, March 3, leading Manchester University to an 11-10 win over Centre College.
Yates' two-run shot concluded a comeback from an early 6-1 deficit. Her three-hit, four-RBI game led the offense followed closely by freshman MacKenzie Williams (Kendallville, Ind.) who also had three hits to go with two RBIs.
Spaulding University plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to win game two 5-4. MU delivered eight hits with junior first baseman Janikka Tillotson (Brownsburg, Ind.) topping the effort with two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Ashlea Nash (Gas City, Ind.) went the distance, striking out three and not surrendering an earned run.
Manchester University continues its 2013 schedule Thursday, March 14, with a home doubleheader against in-state rival Huntington. Start time is 3 p.m.
NOTES: Sophomore Maureen Lund (Huntington, Ind.) was the pitching winner in the opener. She struck out seven, going the distance. … Sophomore outfielder Shannon Stephan (Granger, Ind.) and junior outfielder Kaitlyn Schmidt (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also added multiple-hit outings in the opener with two safeties each.