By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The Manchester University baseball team is enjoying quite a season this spring and senior pitcher Kyle Konarski is one of the reasons why.
The Concord High School graduate improved his record to 8-0 with seven innings of shutout baseball in a 12-0 win over Bluffton.
He allowed five hits while striking out six and walking one.
Konarski has a 1.86 earned run average (12 earned runs in 58 innings). he has 49 strikeouts and 20 walks.
The Spartans are 28-5-1 this season and are ranked No. 15 in the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III poll.
In last week’s column, due to a reporter’s error it was incorrectly stated that Thomas Gingrich, who received the A.C. Burcky Award as the senior male athlete of the year at Bluffton University, was a Northridge High School graduate. Gingrich is a Goshen High School grad.
The Indiana Hoosiers held a dunk contest at Assembly Hall and one of the featured contestants was left tackle Jason Spriggs.
The 6-7 (280) Concord High School graduate, who is coming off an outstanding freshman season, made two very impressive slams, the video of which can be seen on the IU Web site.
The Hoosiers will open the season on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Indiana State and will host eight home games for the just the second time in program history.
IU will also welcome Navy (Sept. 7), Bowling Green (Sept. 14), Missouri (Sept. 21), Penn State (Oct. 5), Minnesota (Nov. 2), Illinois (Nov. 9) and Purdue (Nov. 30).
The Big Ten has also released the new division alignments beginning in the 2014 season. Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will be in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the West Division.
Led by senior Brady Klotz (NorthWood) and his second straight medalist honor, the Bethel College Pilots won their fourth consecutive tournament at Purdue’s Kampen Course hosted by Taylor University. Klotz finished at 74-69—143. Sophomore teammate Brian Ulrich (Fairfield) posted a 72-72—144.
“These guys are playing with a tremendous amount of confidence and it shows in their performance,” said coach Christopher Hess in a Bethel press release. “They are playing relaxed and have a focus that can be seen in the way they prepare and the way they handle adversity on the golf course. Brady has been amazing the past three weeks and Brian has been equally impressive.”
The Bethel College Pilots were looking to sweep Judson University to gain an automatic bid to the NCCAA National Tournament at Boteourt, Virginia. Instead the Pilots came up on the short end of both games by scores of 2-1 and 4-2.
Sophomore Natalie Newell (Goshen) gave Bethel the early lead in game one with a solo home run (second of the season) over the left field fence in the second inning. Unfortunately the Pilots got only four more hits the rest of the way. Newell’s pitching record dropped to 10-5.
She hurled six innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.
Newell pitched two innings in the second game falling to 10-6 as she gave up four hits and three earned runs. She fanned two and walked four.
Newell entered the games with a 9.97 ERA with 199 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings. She has tossed six shutouts among her 12 complete games.
She has moved into third place on the Pilots all-time strikeout leaders with 438 after fanning 225 last season.
She is behind Concord graduate Brittney (Hire) Lightfoot 644 and Somer Stilley 463. Lightfoot and Amy Wetzel shared the single-season mark at 244.
Freshman McKenzie Byler (Goshen) played left field for Bethel in both games.
Sophomore designated hitter Daimon Buck (Northridge) had three hits and four RBI as the Taylor Trojans defeated Grace College 7-1 and 15-6 in a Crossroads League doubleheader at Taylor.
Buck is batting .333 this season (19-of-47) with 19 RBI.
Taylor senior catcher Luke Hofsommer (Northridge) went 1-for-3 at the plate in the first game.
He also had four putouts and an assist. He entered the game as a pinch runner in the second contest.
He went to have a hit and score two runs. Taylor (30-12) captured a fourth straight Crossroads League title this season.
Valparaiso junior Kristin Zakiewicz (Northridge) dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to Haley Craig at No. 1 singles as the Crusaders fell 7-0 to UIC. Zakiewicz teamed with sophomore Michele Fredlake at No. 1 doubles for an 8-3 loss to Craig and Mariana Palacios.
Manchester University senior Karla Madrigal (Elkhart Central) won by 32 seconds in the 10,000 meters (38:30.44) and by 50 seconds in the 5,000 (18:02.64) in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships at North Manchester.