Baseball Gets Sunday Split With Allegheny

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Three Mount Union pitchers combined to hold Allegheny to five hits and not allow an earned run in a 5-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.  Allegheny had a solid pitching performance of its own in the second game as they held the Raiders to six hits in a 5-2 win.

Paul Mariotti (Copley/Copley) started and allowed just two hits over the first three innings, Beau Smith (Fredrick, MD/Fredrick) did the same thing the next three and Cory Douglass (Independence/Garfield Heights) surrendered only one hit in the seventh to shut the door on the game one win for Mount Union (11-10). 

Mariotti, who got his second win of the season, struck out Eric Hansen to start the game but the leadoff hitter reached on a past ball then later scored on a Matt Stahl single to give Allegheny (14-8) a 1-0 lead in the first. 

Kyle VonDuyke (Medina/Medina) drove in two runs on a triple in the bottom of the frame to stake the Purple Raiders to a 2-1 lead.

Mike Griffith (Louisville/East Canton) then pushed a run across on a sacrifice fly RBI and Mount Union scored another on a throwing error to take a 4-1 lead in the second inning and a Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-1.

Allegheny's strong pitching performance in game two was started by Justin Abbott, who allowed just four hits and two runs over the first 3.1 innings, before giving way to James Fago who gave up just two hits the rest of the way to get the win in relief.

After three scoreless innings, Allegheny tallied an unearned run in the fourth that Mount Union got back and another one on a two-run RBI single from Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) in the bottom half of the fourth.

Allegheny then busted the game open with a four-run fifth inning then held on for the 5-2 win.

Mount Union stays home to host Baldwin-Wallace in an OAC series Tuesday at 1 pm.