Manchester bolts past Mount Union 12-3 in Mideast Regional play
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Manchester received a strong balance of offense, pitching and defense to lead the way during Day 1 of the 2013 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Wednesday.
Coach Rick Espeset pointed to one big key in the Black and Gold's 12-3 victory against Ohio Athletic Conference tournament champion Mount Union.
"To have [senior pitcher Justin] Scott pitch so well from the beginning really helped us," he said. "He did a great job throwing strikes and allowing the defense to make plays behind him."
Scott, who increased his season record to 9-1, fired seven innings of scoreless three-hit ball at the Purple Raiders (24-16). He also struck out three and didn't surrender a walk.
"It feels good to have the confidence of the coaching staff in being able to throw the first game of the regional tournament for the second year in a row," he said. "It was a team effort. I got a lot of run support from the offense, and the defense played well."
Senior shortstop Corey Marchant turned in a big afternoon for MU, too. He blasted a two-run home run as part of a six-run seventh and drilled a two-run double in the fourth during a two-for-three, four-RBI, two-run scored day. He was also important on the defensive side, starting three double plays that allowed MU to work out of Mount Union offensive threats.
"It felt like the entire team was in rhythm [Wednesday]," he said. "Getting out to a fast start played a big role in that."
Senior outfielder Austin Rieke finished with three hits, while senior outfielder Bryce Murphy, senior left fielder Cody Schell and freshman catcher Elliot Ford each registered two-hit games. Murphy and Schell also added a pair of RBIs each.