ANDERSON — The Anderson University Ravens failed to capitalize on their chance to put some separation between themselves and Manchester University in the standings of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tuesday night.
Cameron Dotson gave up two runs in the eighth inning as the Spartans prevailed 4-2 at Don Brandon Field.
Anderson (12-5, 5-2 HCAC) entered the game in second place with a slim one-game lead on three teams including the Manchester.
Dotson’s demise came in the top of the eighth with the Ravens up 2-1.
Manchester’s (11-9, 5-2 HCAC) Logan Hug reached first base on a fielding error by third baseman Andrew Eller. Trevor Kimm, a graduate of Anderson High School, followed with a triple to drive in the game-tying run and he would score the go-ahead run on a single by Sean Knepper.
Now down 3-2, Ravens’ coach David Pressley made the slow walk to the mound to pull his starter in favor of Nick Nunez who gave up two walks and two sacrifices that plated one more run, which was charged to Dotson.
“He had pitched great up to that point,” Pressley said. “He was pitching to contact and his pitch count was really low. We still felt like he was fresh, they just got the barrel on a couple balls and got to him a little bit.”
Dotson, who suffered his first loss of the season, went seven and one-third innings, giving up four runs, two of them earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out one.
It was the 6-foot-6 sophomore’s second start in his seven appearances this season. His previous longest outing of the year was a six-inning start against Rutgers-Camden.
While he was cruising during his first seven innings, Manchester’s Cory Ferguson was nearly matching him pitch-for-pitch.