Baseball: Mount Union Routs Washington (Md.) 25-8; Morino Drives in Six

Anthony Morino drove in six runs in a 25-8 win over Washington (Md.) (Photo by JT Higgins)

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.

Mount Union 25, Washington (Md.) 8 (Mar 14, 2013 at Winter Haven, Fla.)
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Mount Union......... 02(10) 702 4 - 25 23  2      (5-1)
Washington (Md.).... 150    200 0 -  8 10  3      (5-6)
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Pitchers: Mount Union - Mike Horning; Gino Ceriani(2); Ryker Locke(7) and C.J. Stotler.
Washington (Md.) - Brian Lewis; Michael Long(3); Sam McGovern(4); Tom Fiala(5); Daniel Wu(7)
and Kyle Mikula.
Win-Gino Ceriani(1-0)  Loss-Michael Long(0-1)  T-3:00  A-196
HR MTU - C.J. Stotler (1).
Weather: 65 F Sunny, Perfect
Horning faced 4 batters in the 2nd.
B Lewis faced 4 batters in the 3rd.
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