WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball had a 10-run third inning and ended up pounding out 23 hits in a 25-8 rout of Washington (Md.) Thursday at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida.
The Purple Raiders move to 5-1 overall and the 25 runs in a single game are the most since 28-6 win over Bradford (Mass.) on March 9, 1999. Every starter had a hit and eight of the nine starters drove in at least one run.
Sophomore Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) led the charge as he had three hits, two doubles, and drove in six runs.
Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) drove in four runs on three hits, Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) drove in three runs on three hits, Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) and Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) each had three hits while C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) had his first home run of the season as all part of the barrage at the plate from Mount Union.
Gino Ceriani (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) came out of the pen and went five innings, striking out six, to pick up his first win of the season.
Washington (5-6) had a 1-0 lead after the first inning and led 6-2 after a five run second inning, but Mount Union sent 14 hitters to the plate in the third and tacked 10 runs on the board to lead 12-6.
The Raiders left no doubt after a seven-run fourth inning to extend extend the lead to 19-6.
The Shoremen would get two back in the fourth, but Mount Union added six more unanswered runs -- two in the sixth and four in the seventh for the 25-8 final.
Michael Long (0-1) allowed six runs on four hits during the 10-run third to take the loss for Washington.
The 23 hits for Mount Union was the most in a game since 27 in an 18-6 win over Mt. Aloysius (Pa.) in Florida a year ago.
Mount Union plays a doubleheader against Albion (Mich.) tomorrow at 9:30 am at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida.