PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — The No. 16 ranked Etta Express rolled to a 13-2 victory over Salve Regina University Tuesday (March 10) morning in the Snowbird Classic. Marietta evens its record at 2-2 on the season. The Seahawks slip to 2-4 overall.
Marietta broke out the bats early scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Pioneers sent 14 hitters to the plate in the rally. The Seahawks didn't help themselves committing two errors and walking three MC batters. Senior Ryan Hanahan (Gibsonia, Pa.) smacked a two-run single as six different Pioneers drove in runs.
Senior Chris Winpigler (Frederick, Md.) finished with a pair of hits and drove in a run in the second, third and fifth innings. Center fielder Tim McCoy (Willoughby) finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases, while second baseman Tyler Packanik (Plant City, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Freshman Austin Eaton (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (1-0) was impressive in his first collegiate start. Eaton worked 6.0 innings and allowed one run on four base hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Three other Pioneers threw 1.0 inning each. Freshman Ian Luttrell (River Forest, Ill.) gave up one run on three hits with a walk. Jake Newton (Lancaster) retired all three hitters he faced, while David Stover (Pittsburgh, Pa.) walked one and struck out one.
The Seahawks scored a run in the fourth and another in the seventh. First baseman Alex Perry (No. Attleboro, Mass.) and third baseman Joe Haley (No. Kingstown, R.I.) each had two hits in the game for Salve Regina.
Sean Healy (Wakefield, R.I.) (0-1) started on the mound and was chased in the second inning. Officially, he worked 1.0 inning and was charged with nine runs, two earned, on five hits. He walked three and struck out one. A total of seven pitchers toed the rubber for the Seahawks.
Salve Regina returns to action Wednesday with a doubleheader in the Gene Cusic Classic against Swarthmore.