Manchester University Set to Host HCAC Baseball Tournament
May 6, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
GREENWOOD, IN - Manchester University claimed its sixth regular season baseball
title as a member of HCAC, earning the right to host the 2014 HCAC Baseball
Tournament for the second-straight year. The tournament will be held at James Gratz
Field on the campus of Manchester Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The Spartans, coached by Rick Espeset, earned the No. 1 seed with a 24-15 record
overall and an 18-7 mark in league play. Anderson finished second with a 17-8
record in HCAC action and an overall mark of 25-13. Rose-Hulman placed third in the
league standings, posting a 23-16 overall record and 16-9 tally in league play.
Franklin (24-15, 15-10 HCAC) finished fourth in the HCAC standings and rounds out
the four team field.
Last year at Manchester, Manchester defeated Franklin 12-9 in the championship contest.
Top seed Manchester opens play at 12:00 PM against Franklin Thursday. No. 2 seed
Anderson will tangle with Rose-Hulman in the second game at 3:30 PM.
The Spartans closed out the HCAC schedule with a 3-3 record to hold on to the No. 1
seed. Manchester finished the conference schedule with an 8-3 mark at home this
Anderson went 7-3 down the stretch to earn the second seed, while Rose-Hulman won
six of their last ten games heading into the tournament to earn the third seed.
Franklin won two of three from Bluffton on the final weekend to edge out the Beavers
for the final spot in the field.
Three games will be played Friday, beginning at 9:30 AM, and the championship game
in the double-elimination event is set for Saturday at noon. An automatic bid to
the NCAA Division III Championship will be awarded to the winner of the
Admission to the tournament will be available for $6 per day for adults, with
students from HCAC institutions admitted free.
Baseball Tournament Schedule May 8-May 10
#1 Manchester vs. #4 Franklin (Game 1)
#2 Anderson vs. #3 Rose-Hulman (Game 2)
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (Game 3)
Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser (Game 4)
Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner (Game 5)
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner (Game 6)
Game 7 If Necessary