Beat goes on for Marietta College

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Through two games at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, everything is in synch for the Marietta College baseball team.

After defeating Penn State-Behrend by 10 runs in their opener, the Pioneers received a solid outing from starting pitcher Mike Mulvey and carried that momentum into the offensive side of things during a 16-1 win against Thomas More (Ky.) on Thursday.

Chris Winpigler terrorized Thomas More (30-15) pitching with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in six runs. Leadoff hitter Jordan Grilliot singled in all five of his plate appearances, while Evan Brockmeier delivered his third double of the tournament and scored three times as part of a 4-for-6 effort at the plate. Adding to the damage was Tim McCoy, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.

Second-seeded Marietta College (31-12) joins top-seeded Manchester (37-5-1) as the only unbeaten teams in the double-elimination format. The two schools will hook up in a game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today.

The Marietta College bats gave Mulvey all the support he needed by scoring 11 runs on 12 hits in the first three innings.

Winpigler drove in two runs with a double and McCoy added a two-out RBI double as part of a four-run first inning.

The runs kept coming as the Etta Express tacked on five more in the second inning as Aaron Hopper tripled in two teammates.

Four of the first nine runs were unearned as Thomas More committed three errors. The day was done after two innings for Saints starting pitcher Grant Lewis. Reliever Logan Miller wasn’t effective either after allowing seven runs on 12 hits in six innings of work.

In seven innings, Mulvey’s line consisted of one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. The senior earned his team-leading eighth win.

The Saints’ only run occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jason Handley doubled home Brad Popham with two outs.