College baseball: Etta Express drills Saints

TERRE HAUTE, Ind – Marietta College got off to a great start, and never looked back Thurday night.

The No. 13-ranked Pioneers plated four runs in the opening frame and five more in the second en route to a 16-1 triumph over Thomas More College in NCAA Division III Mideast Regional baseball action at Art Nehf Field on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

No. 2 seed MC (31-12) is now scheduled to play top-seeded Manchester 37-5-1) in a winners bracket game at 4:30 p.m. today.

Chris Winpigler drove in in six runs with two doubles , a single, and a sacrifice fly to lead the Etta Express. Jordan Grilliot was 5-for-5 and scored three runs. Evan Brockmeier added four hits, and Tim McCoy had four RBIs.

Right-hander Mike Mulvey was the winning pitcher.

In the top of the first, Winpigler doubled home Grilliot and Evan Brockmeier, who each had singled.

After Alex Toth sacrificed bunted, Winpigler then legged it home on Mitch Geers’ fielder’s choice, making it 3-0.

Geers later came around to score on McCoy’s double to left center, and the Pioneers gave Mulvey a 4-0 cushion.

After Mulvey retired the Thomas More side in the bottom half of the inning, courtesy of a double play ball, Marietta had a bat-around in the top of the second.

Highlighting the frame, Aaron Hopper had the big hit, a two-run triple. Winpigler knocked in a run with a sac fly, and McCoy drove in his second run of the game with a single.

Another Pioneer run scored on an errant pickoff throw by Saints’ starting lefty Grant Lewis.

Lewis was relieved in the top of the third by righty Logan Miller, who didn’t fare much better against Winpigler, who helped stretch MC’s advantage to 11-0 with another two run double.

MC made it 12-0 in the fifth when Winpigler singled homeZach Bukiewicz.

The Saints averted a shutout when Jason Handley doubled home Brad Popham in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the eighth, McCoy doubled home two runs and Josh Ungerbuehler drove in two runs with a pinch hit single to make it 16-1 Pioneers.

In other Mideast Regional baseball action Thursday, Ohio Athletic Conference champion Mount Union was eliminated when it dropped a 5-2 decision to Illinois Wesleyan. The Purple Raiders were beaten 12-3 by Manchester in a tourney opener Wednesday.

Wooster stayed alive in tournament play Thursday with a 3-2 triumph over Penn State-Behrend,