Thomas More eliminates top seed Marietta, stays alive in Mideast Region
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Seventh-seeded Thomas More College knocked off top-seeded Marietta College 7-5 on Saturday in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.
With the win, the Saints improved to 25-18 while the Pioneers, ranked 24th nationally, ended their season at 30-16.
Marietta jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and a single run in the second. Thomas More cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third when Tyler Graber scored on a RBI groundout by Jason Handley.
The Saints took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning as Travis Miller scored on a throwing error, Donovan Pogue scored on a RBI single by Brad Popham and Cody Makin scored on a Graber sacrifice fly.
The Pioneers answered with two runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. In the sixth, Makin scored on a Popham RBI single to tie the game at 5-5.
In the eighth, Nick Connor scored on a Graber suicide squeeze and then Popham scored on a RBI single by Casey Metzger to give Thomas More the 7-5 lead. That would be the final score as Ken Ruberg kept Marietta off the scoreboard in the eighth and ninth innings.
Ruberg earned the win as he pitched 4.0 shutout innings and only gave up four hits, while striking out three. Brandon Humphrey started and had a no-decision as he pitched 5.0 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, while walking one.
Popham led the team at the plate going three-for-four with two RBI and two runs scored. Miller went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Metzger was two-for-four with a RBI.