A clash with in-state National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' power Taylor University Wednesday, March 7, begins a four-game week for Manchester University.
Game details: First pitch is 6 p.m. at TU's Winterholter Field … Live audio, statistics, and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Taylor's captured the last three series meetings. MU's previous victory against the Trojans occurred in a 2014 doubleheader sweep.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Rick Espeset's crew went 3-3 on a southern sojourn in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 1-3. The Spartans' offense provided most of the highlights, turning in a team .344 batting average, as sophomore infielder Nick Rush (Terre Haute, Ind.) was at the front of class going 11-of-19 (.579) with a double, home run and nine RBI. Fellow infielders Braxton Riley, a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Christian Smith, a junior from Fortville, Ind., followed batting at a .458 and .400 clip, respectively … On the mound, junior Jordan Hilyard (Decatur, Ind.) and senior Garrett Phelps (Covington, Ind.) topped the staff. Hilyard fired the program's first complete game since 2016, wrapping up the trip with an 80-pitch, 53-strikeout effort as part of a 12-1 win over SUNY-Fredonia March 3, and Phelps turned in three appearances and recorded a save … The Black and Gold is scheduled to face another non-conference in-state foe Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at Indianapolis' Bishop Chatard High School. DePauw University is the opposition for a 12 p.m. Saturday doubleheader and 12 p.m. Sunday single game.