Murphy's big game shoots Manchester past Marietta in Mideast Regional
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Bryce Murphy's 3.2 inning of scoreless relief helped top-seeded Manchester fend off second-seeded Maritta 10-5 in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.
With the Pioneers (31-13) threatening in the sixth with two on and one out, coach Rick Espeset turned to Murphy. He didn't allow a run, struck out two batters and surrendered just two hits for his 12th save.
Murphy was also part of a strong offensive effort for the Spartans. Manchester opened the game with three hits and a quick run scored. It tacked on five in the top of the third for a 6-0 advantage. Marietta chipped away, scoring twice in the fourth and fifth innings. Manchester responded with one in the seventh and two in the eighth for their 10-run total.
"The quick start was obviously important for us," Espeset said. "It gave us confidence. We knew coming in we were playing one of the historic programs in DIII, so we had to take advantage of our opportunities."
Murphy had three doubles in a four-hit, three runs scored performance. Fellow senior Corey Marchant had two key doubles and drove in four runs. Sophomore second baseman Trevor Kimm also came up big at the plate with three hits, including a two-run double in the eighth that plated two insurance runs. Sophomore designated player/outfielder Kyle Norris and senior outfielder Austin Rieke added two hits apiece.