Baseball Blasts John Carroll to Stay Alive at OAC Tournament; Raiders Play Heidelberg in OAC Tournament Semifinal

C.J. Stotler (Photo by Ryan Baker)
C.J. Stotler (Photo by Ryan Baker)

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).

Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) each drove in a run for Mount Union.

Andrew Doring gave up four runs on four hits over the first five innings and took the loss for John Carroll.

Mount Union 12, John Carroll 4 (May 11, 2012 at Marietta, Ohio)
Mount Union......... 000 303 060  - 12 11  0      (28-14)
John Carroll........ 300 000 001  -  4 10  1      (18-22)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Matt Murzynski; Beau Smith(8); Brandon Bell(9) and C.J. Stotler.
John Carroll - Andrew Doring; Tyler Ferretti(6); Patrick O'Brien(8); Kevin Rosinski(8) and
Aaron Miller.
Win-Matt Murzynski(9-2)  Loss-Andrew Doring(1-2)  T-1:45  A-162
HR MTU - C.J. Stotler (3).
Weather: 68 F; Sunny PERFECT
A. Doring faced 1 batter in the 6th.