MARIETTA, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore catcher C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) drove in five runs, three on a home run, that gave the Purple Raiders the lead for good in a 12-4 win over John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Friday at Marietta.
The Purple Raiders (28-14) advances to a semifinal matchup against Heidelberg Friday night at 6:30 pm, while John Carroll season ends at 18-22.
Stotler had a two-out, two RBI single in the fourth inning that tied the game at 3-3, then he came up in the sixth inning and hit his team leading third home run of the season over the left field wall to put Mount Union up 6-3.
The Raiders then blew the game open with a six-run eighth inning as Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary) had a two-RBI single while Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) drove in three runs with a triple to make the score 12-3 and put the game away.
John Carroll scored three runs on three hits in the first inning but after that Mount Union starter Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) allowed only four hits over the next four innings to pick up his ninth win of the season (9-2).
Andrew Doring gave up four runs on four hits over the first five innings and took the loss for John Carroll.