TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Manchester College hit
back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning on their way to
defeating Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 8-1 in a first
round matchup of the Heartland Collegiate Athetic Conference
Corey Marchant (top picture) hit a two-run
home in the fourth inning to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead, scoring
Brad Murphy who single to open the inning. Jordan Nieman then
followed with a solo shot over the left field fence to extend the
Manchester lead. Cody Schell then walked and advanced to
third on a single by Trevor Kimm and a groundout to the shortstop
by Ryne Lehrman. He then scored off a wild
Rose-Hulman answered with a run in the
bottom of the fourth when Parker Fulkerson scored on a Derek
Dauenbaugh single to center field.
four runs in the sixth inning, taking advantage of three errors by
the Rose-Hulman defense to make the game 8-1.
Jordan Nieman, Kyle Norris and Kim each
added two hits for the Spartans. Marchant chipped in with
three runs batted in while Schell scored two runs.
Pitcher Justin Scott improved to 7-5 on the
season, throwing six strikeouts in his seventh complete game of the
Derek Dauenbaugh led the offense for
Rose-Hulman with three hits and one RBI.
Manchester is now 23-18 and will move
on to face Franklin College at noon Friday in the winners
bracket. Rose-Hulman fell to 27-13 and will take on Anderson
University at 3:30 on the losers side. The loser of
Manchester/Franklin will then play the winner of Rose-Hulman
and Anderson at 7 p.m. on Friday.