Bats Stay Hot as Baseball Beats Trine (IN) and Thomas More (KY) in Florida; Raiders Have Won Three Straight

(AUBURNDALE, FL)--Mount Union's baseball team belted out double digit hits and again got solid pitching performances as the Purple Raiders beat Trine (IN) 7-4 and Thomas More (KY) 10-5 Monday in Auburndale, FL.

In the 7-4 win over Trine, senior Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) went 4-for-4 drove in two runs and scored twice, fellow senior Allan Krontz (Kent/Field) drove in a pair of runs on two hits while juniors Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) and Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) also had two hits to lead the Raiders at the plate.

Junior pitcher Matt Lambert (Massillon/Massillon Washington) got out of bases loaded jams in the first and second innings giving up just a run in each inning.  Those would be the only two runs he gave up as he allowed just seven hits over six innings and struck out four on his way to his first win of the season. 

Junior Cory Douglass (Independence/Garfield Heights) went the final 2.2 innings on the mound to get his first save of the season.

Mount Union scored runs in the second and third inning to take an early 2-0 lead against Thomas More.  The Saints took the lead, 4-2, four-run fourth inning highlighted by a three-run home run from Nick Zeiser.

The Raiders answered in the bottom of the fifth inning with five runs with four of those coming on a grand slam home run by Nell.  That gave Mount Union the lead for good as they went on to the 10-5 final.  

Nell finished with two hits and drove in four runs, junior Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) had three hits and Ferrell went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs with one coming on his third home run of the season to once again pace the Raider attack.

Junior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) did not allow an earned run and scattered seven runs over seven innings for his first win of the season.

Mount Union, now 3-1 on the season, play Pitt-Greensburg Tuesday at 11:30 am at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL.  The game will be broadcast LIVE online with LIVE STATS.