TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Manchester College
defeated Anderson University 5-0 to claim the Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament and claim the automatic bid
for the Division III National Tournament.
Manchester defeated Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology 8-1 in their first tournament game on Thursday.
The Spartans then defeated Franklin College 11-5 to advance to the
championship round. In first round of the championship,
Anderson defeated Manchester 2-1 before the Spartans rebounded to
claim the title 5-0.
Pitcher Bryce Murphy threw a four-hit
shutout, striking out two batters for his eighth win of the
Robert Heirtz collected three
hits and one run batted in to lead the Spartan offensive
effort. Trevor Kimm added two hits with a run scored and one
RBI whil Cody Schell scored twice.
Anderson's Tyler Watson struck out five
batters in relief to lead the Ravens effort.
The Spartans took an early 2-0 lead in the
second inning, started with a home run by Jordan
Nieman to open the inning.
Schell then doubled and scored on a single Nathan
Manchester added another run in the fourth
inning when Heritz doubled down the left field line to to score
The champions added two more runs of
insurance in the seventh inning.
With the win, Manchester improved to 24-19
on the season. Anderson fell to 28-17. The tournament
victory allowed Manchester to become the first
team to win five conference tournament titles in the 20-year
history of the HCAC/ICAC tournament and marked their
first since the 2005 season.