Baseball Report (Week 9) - Ravens Remain Alive in League Title Race
GREENWOOD, IN - Anderson University remained alive in the race for a conference championship and moved one win away from securing a HCAC tourney bid. The Ravens (22-11, 15-7 HCAC) went 4-0 during the week and currently trail Manchester by two games in the league standings with three games to play.
The Ravens beat Rose-Hulman on Tuesday and completed a three-game sweep of Hanover over the weekend.
Anderson's Andrew Eiler (Avon, Ind./H.S.) led the offense during the week. The junior second baseman finished 9-for-18 (.500) at the plate with four runs scored, one double, and five RBI.
Senior pitcher Blake Hall (Muncie, Ind./Central) led the Ravens to a 6-1 win over Hanover Saturday, allowing six hits and one earned run in seven innings of work.
Anderson will finish the conference season at home against Earlham Friday and Saturday.
In other HCAC action...
Manchester (23-12, 17-5 HCAC) moved one win away from securing a share of the league title following a 3-1 record last week. The Spartans beat Defiance and took two out of three at Earlham (20-16, 11-11 HCAC) over the weekend. Senior pitcher Dylan Padgett (Kirklin, Ind./Clinton Central) helped the Spartans earn a 1-0 win over Earlham Saturday. The senior posted his second consecutive shutout on the mound by blanking the Quakers on six hits with four strikeouts. Padgett has a current streak of 15-straight scoreless innings and has dropped his ERA to 2.40 on the season. The Spartans will cap off the regular season at home against Transylvania.
Rose-Hulman (21-13, 14-8 HCAC) also moved one win away from clinching a HCAC tourney berth after a 3-1 week. The Engineers bounced back from a 6-5 loss in 11 innings at Anderson to earn a three-game road sweep of Transylvania (16-20, 10-11 HCAC) over the weekend. Sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) led Rose-Hulman with a .474 batting average on 9-of-19 hitting at the plate with two doubles, one home run and six runs scored. The Engineers are scheduled to close the season at Defiance this weekend.
Franklin (22-14, 13-9 HCAC) remained alive in the race for a HCAC tourney berth. The Grizzlies fell to rival Hanover at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Tuesday, but managed a three-game sweep of Defiance Friday and Saturday. Junior catcher Tyler Ison (Whiteland, Ind./H.S.) finished 7-of-16 (.438) at the plate with five runs scored, one double, two home runs, and nine RBI, while posting a slugging percentage of .875 and an on-base percentage of .550.
Bluffton (20-16, 12-10 HCAC) went 3-1 on the week to stay alive in the postseason race. The Beavers won at Earlham Tuesday and took two out of three against Mount St. Joseph over the weekend. Bluffton will travel to Franklin for a three-game set this weekend with the series winner earning a spot in the four-team league tourney.
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