TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Freshman Jason Byers showed the maturity of an experienced college baseball player as Marietta College defeated Penn State-Behrend 11-1 in the first round of Wednesday's NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.
The Pioneers, who are seeking to win a third straight national title this year, advance in the winner's bracket and will meet Thomas More (30-14) at 7:45 p.m. today. Earlier on Wednesday, Thomas More defeated Wooster 20-4.
Byers pitched shutout ball for eight innings and allowed five singles, walked one batter and struck out 10. No Penn State-Behrend baserunner reached third base on his watch.
Clean-up hitter Alex Toth provided the offensive spark for the Etta Express (30-12) in the early going. The senior delivered a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the first inning and reached safely on an infield base hit as part of a two-run third inning.
Also doing damage in the third inning were Mitch Geers, who doubled home Chris Winpigler, and Aaron Hopper delivering a sacrifice fly.
Toth also came through with an RBI single during a six-run eighth inning that blew the game open. Teammate Evan Brockmeier doubled twice and accounted for three of the Pioneers' 14 hits.
Marietta College 11,
Penn State-Behrend 1
PS-Behrend 000 000 001 - 1 6 1
Marietta 202 000 16x - 11 14 0
WP: Jason Byers 8IP 5H 0R 0ER 1BB 10SO
Mike Fulton 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO
LP: Ryan Jacobs 7IP 10H 5R 3ER 2BB 9SO
Matt Parnes 0IP 1H 2R 2ER 1BB 0SO
Jay Condit 0IP 2H 4R 4ER 2BB 0SO
Tyler Geer 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2SO
Leading hitters: Penn State-Behrend - Jordan Weinzierl 2-3; Matt Bittner 1-4, RBI; Ryan Kragnes 1-3, run. Marietta College - Jordan Grilliot 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Evan Brockmeier 3-4, 2 2Bs, 3 runs, RBI; Chris Winpigler 1-3, run, RBI; Alex Toth 3-5, run, 3 RBIs; Mitch geers 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Tim McCoy 1-5, run; Bryan Gregorich 1-4, run, RBI; Zach Bukiewicz 1-3, run.
Records: Penn State-Behrend 30-11; Marietta College 30-12
Today's games: Penn State-Behrend vs. Wooster, 1:15 p.m.; Thomas More vs. Marietta College, 7:45 p.m.
NCAA Division III Mideast Regional
At Terre Haute, Ind.
Game 1: Washington & Jefferson 5, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Game 2: Manchester 12, Mount Union 3
Game 3: Thomas More 20, Wooster 4
Game 4: Marietta College 11, Penn State-Behrend 1
Game 5: Illinois Wesleyan (32-13) vs. Mount Union (23-17), 10 a.m.
Game 6: Wooster (32-11) vs. Penn State-Behrend (30-11), 1:15 p.m.
Game 7: Washington & Jefferson (31-11) vs. Manchester (36-5-1), 4:30 p.m.
Game 8: Thomas More (30-14) vs. Marietta College (30-12), 7:45 p.m.
Game 9: Winner G6 vs. Loser G7, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winner G5 vs. Loser G8, 1:15 p.m.
Game 11: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner G9 vs. Winner G10, 7:45 p.m.
Game 13: Winner G12 vs. Loser G11, noon
Game 14: Winner G11 vs. Winner G13, 3:30 p.m.
Game 15: Repeat of G14 (if needed), noon
The Lions ruined Marietta College's shutout bid with a run in the top of the ninth inning on clean-up hitter Matt Bittner's two-out RBI single.