Manchester closes out Day 1 of Regional with a lopsided win
MARIETTA, Ohio - Manchester had 10 hits, but it seemed like more.
When the final game of Day 1 of the 2012 NCAA Division III Regional came to a close at Don Schaly Stadium, seventh-seeded Manchester recorded the first upset by defeating No. 2 seed Washington & Jefferson 13-3.
Manchester (26-19) scored three runs in the first inning off starter David Trushel and kept scoring in bunches. The Spartans added three in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one more in the sixth.
"We capitalized on the opportunities and they gave us some opportunities," said Manchester coach Rick Espeset. "It seemed like we had base runners out there all game. We had nine walks and when you get that many you expect to score some runs."
Washington & Jefferson (35-9) responded early by tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the first with RBI from Josh Staniscia, Kyle McLain and Brian Szabo. But Manchester starter Justin Scott shut the Presidents down over the next seven innings for the win. He also improved to 8-5 on the year after striking out nine.
"They came back with three and I thought we were going to be in for a longer game, but our pitcher settled in," Espeset said. "He didn't want to come out. He was at 113 pitches going into the eighth. W&J is the type of team that can still score a lot of runs. We got one more out of him and he ended at 123. He wants the ball all of the time."
Left fielder Cody Schell led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 performance with three RBI and two walks.
Shortstop Corey Marchant and catcher Robert Heirtz each added two hits, while third baseman Jordan Nieman added three RBI.
Szabo led the Presidents with two hits.
Manchester will face Adrian at 8 p.m. Thursday in a winner's bracket game, while W&J takes on Wooster at 1 p.m.
"That first inning really helped our guys," Espeset said. "I have a lot of guys who have never played in a regional and I think that helped them understand they do belong in the regional. They do belong and they can compete."