Updated Thu, May 16, 2013 11:14 pm
After an 11-1 victory on Wednesday, the No. 2 Marietta College Pioneers (31-12) continued their torrid scoring on Thursday en route to a 16-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Thomas More Saints (30-15).
Every player tends to have a good game when a team scores 16 runs, but Chris Winpigler and Tim McCoy played exceptionally well for the “Etta Express.” Both players had three hits on the night. Winpigler had six RBIs and McCoy added four to the mix.
The Pioneers got to work early, and took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Winpigler got the scoring started with a two-run double. An error brought in another run, and McCoy drove in the final run of the inning with a double to left center.
The offensive barrage continued in the second inning. A sacrifice fly by Winpigler and another error scored two more for the Pioneers. With two outs, Aaron Hopper got in on the action when he tripled and drove in two runs. A McCoy RBI single gave Marietta a nine-run lead.
Grant Lewis took the mound for Thomas More and only lasted two innings. Though he allowed nine runs, just five were earned, but he still took the loss. Logan Miller took the mound in third to relieve Lewis.
Winpigler’s hot night continued in the third inning, when he hit his second two-run double of the night to put his team up 11-0. He picked up another RBI in the fifth inning and Marietta took a 12-0 lead.
The Saints finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brad Popham walked and with two outs, Jason Handley drove him in with an RBI double to left center.
After going scoreless for two innings, the Pioneers’ offense struck again in the top of the eighth.
McCoy hit a double with the bases loaded to bring in two runs and pinch hitter Josh Ungerbuehler delivered another two-run hit with a single down the left field line for the final runs of the ball game.
Miller was roughed up by Marietta as well. He pitched six innings and allowed seven runs. No pitcher could stop the Pioneers’ offense, but Marietta’s pitching was dominant Thursday. Mike Mulvey pitched seven strong innings and got the win, allowing just one run to score. Luke Langdon and Kyle Kiser each pitched a perfect inning of relief.
The Pioneers have outscored their opponents 27-2 in their first two games of the Mideast Regional. None of their runs scored have come via home run.
Marietta advances to play top-seeded Manchester University Friday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.