TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Manchester College scored
three runs in three straight innings on their way to defeat
Franklin College 11-5 and advance to the championship round of the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Spartans scored three runs in the third,
fourth and fifth innings to take control of the game.
Franklin managed to score two runs in the fourth inning, but
was unable to provide much of scare to the
Kimm led the Spartans offense with three hits, two runs and also
batted in two runs. Jordan Nieman added three hits and
two runs with an RBI. Kyle Norris, Cody Schell and Robert
Heirtz added two hits each. Heirtz also added two
runs and two RBI's. Brad Murphy had two
Marchant was walked three times
and scored twice to chip to the
Kyle Konarski struck out ten
batters and pitched the complete game to gain the
Franklin was led by Jake Houston, who had
three hits and scored a run. Jameson Brock added
two hits, with one run and one RBI.
The Spartans first scored in the third
inning, scoring two runs off a Jordan Nieman double down the right
field line. Marchant then scored when
Norris grounded out to the shortstop. Franklin answered with a run in the bottom of
the third .
The Spartans added three more runs in the
fourth. Kimm singled to open the inning then scored on a
double by Robert Heritz, who scored on an error by Franklin.
Austin Rieke reached base on a fielders choice and scored on a
sacrifice fly by Brad Murphy, giving Manchester a 6-1
Franklin again answered with two runs in the
fourth, scoring two runs on a Jake Entwistle
Manchester increased their lead to 9- 3 in
the fifth, scoring three runs on five hits, including opening the
inning with two doubles. The Grizzlies decreased their
deficit to 9-4 off a Nick Stoia solo home run.
The visiting Spartans then added two more
runs in the eighth, and Franklin added one more in the ninth for
the 11-5 final.
Manchester is now 24-18 and will move
on to Saturday's championship round. Franklin is
now 31-10 and will play the winner of Rose-Hulman and Anderson
at approximately 7 pm Friday for the
right to face Manchester.