AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union swept a pair of baseball games from Albion (Mich.) winning 4-1 and 12-3 Friday at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Florida.
The Purple Raiders (7-1) have won five straight with a similar formula of solid starting pitching and timely hitting.
The 1-2 starting pitching combination of juniors Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) and Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) each moved to 2-0 on the season. Carlino scattered six hits over 6.0 innings and struck out six in game one while Murzynski allowed just four hits and with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings in game two.
Sophomore Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) and junior Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) continued their hot starts at the plate for Mount Union. Morino went 5-for-5 at the plate and drove in four runs while Knott had five RBI over the two games.
Albion (2-5) had a pair of hits with two outs in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead in game one.
Mount Union took the lead with a three-run third inning as Knott and Morino each drove in runs while sophomore Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) had a sacrifice fly RBI.
The Raiders tacked on one more run in the fourth on an RBI ground out from junior Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone).
Sophomore Brandon Bell (Strattonville, Pa./Clarion Limestone) worked a 1-2-3 seventh for his second save of the season for Mount Union.
Kyle Cassidy struck out nine as the hard luck loser for Albion.
The Britons got the lead first again in game two as Davin Montgomery had a double with bases loaded and two outs in the third to give Albion a 3-0 lead.
Mount Union came back and tied the game in the bottom of the third as junior Lee Grosscup (Green/Green), Knott and Morino each drove in runs on consecutive at-bats with two outs.
Knott and Morino were at it again in the fifth as each drove in runs and the Raiders took advantage of a walk and an error to plate three more runs and lead 6-3.
Mount Union blew the game open with a six-run sixth as again Grosscup and Morino drove in runs and Knott had a two-RBI single to highlight the inning as the Raiders went on to the 12-3 win.
Five different pitchers threw for Albion with Bill Radatz taking the loss.
Mount Union closes out its spring break trip with a doubleheader Saturday at 1:30 pm against Hope (Mich.) at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven. Their will be LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS of the game at http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion