NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University softball squad swept the visiting Olivet College Comets in a non-conference doubleheader at the MU Softball Field on Thursday.

The Black & Gold earned a 9-5 victory in the first game of the day before following with a 9-1 triumph in 5 innings in the second game on Thursday.

Spartan Stats

Manchester scored first in the opening game of Thursday's contest following an RBI groundout in the 1st inning by current HCAC Hitter of the Week Izzy Dittar (Warsaw).

After Olivet took a 4-1 lead in the 3rd, Dittmar struck again for the Spartans by launching a two-run home run to left. It was Dittmar's first home run of the season.

Manchester would go on to grab the lead for good in Game 1 on Thursday in the bottom of the 5th inning following a two-run single up the middle by first-year Brionna Egold (Greencastle).

Fellow first-year Morgan Michael (Quincy, Mich.) allowed just one run in four innings of relief work for Manchester. Michael would earn her first collegiate victory in the pitching circle on Thursday.

Game 2 saw the Spartans lead from start to finish as Manchester was able to complete the sweep of the Comets.

The Spartans scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning while adding a single run in the 3rd.

Manchester erupted for five runs in the home half of the 4th inning. A two-run single by Lainey Bonser (Muncie, Ind./Delta), and RBI double by Brionna Egold, and a sac fly by Julianne Gosnell (Amboy, Ind./Oak Hill) highlighted the inning for the Spartans.

After Olivet got a run back in the 5th, Lainey Bonser would end the game in the home half of the inning following an RBI double down the line in right field.

First-year Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) picked up her fourth win in the pitching circle after scattering four hits and allowing just one run.  

Up Next

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play is scheduled to begin for Manchester (8-12) on Saturday April 2 at Transylvania University in Kentucky.

First pitch from Lexington is slated for 1 p.m.