Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College baseball team looks to make up some ground in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) standings when it hosts league-leading Manchester University in a three-game series, beginning Friday, April 11, at 4 p.m. from John P. McDowell Field. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12, starting at noon.
Franklin is tied for fifth place with a 6-5 conference record after victories over Hanover College, 3-2 on Wednesday, and Anderson University, 5-2 last Sunday. Overall, the Grizzlies stand 15-10 on the season.
Manchester has won eight consecutive HCAC games to lead the league with a 9-2 record. Seven of those victories have come at home, including three-game sweeps of Bluffton University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Spartans are coming off a 19-9 home triumph over Defiance College on Tuesday. The team has a one-game lead over Rose-Hulman and a two-game advantage over third place Anderson and Transylvania University.
Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) leads Franklin's offensive attack with a .394 batting average. He is tops in the HCAC with 28 runs batted in, and has scored 24 runs and hit five home runs so far this spring.
Junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) is batting .330 and has legged out nine doubles. Senior Rickey DuBois (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) is hitting at a .313 clip, while junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) is batting .301 and has scored 24 runs.
On the mound, senior Chris Hoopingarner (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) anchors the starting rotation with five victories and a 1.90 earned run average (ERA). He recorded a save in Wednesday's win at Hanover. Junior Seth Powers (Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central) has won his last two starts and ranks third on the team with 37 strikeouts.
Manchester, which is 15-9 on the season, is led by Trevor Kimm with a .366 batting average and 23 RBI. Kyle Norris is batting .383 with 22 runs scored. Josh Copp is the reigning HCAC Pitcher of the Week and has recorded four saves. He has posted a 3-2 record and appeared in 10 games this spring. Temujin Sery is 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA.