PREVIEW: Baseball Starts OAC Schedule Friday Hosting Otterbein

Connor Mathis and Ricky Olasz (Photo by Ryan Baker)
Connor Mathis and Ricky Olasz (Photo by Ryan Baker)

Mount Union and Otterbein meet in the Ohio Athletic Conference baseball opener for both teams Friday, March 29 at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

A LIVE STATS feed of the game will be available.

The two teams are tied as the second-best hitting teams in the conference with each squad sporting a .326 batting average. The teams are also 1-2 in the OAC in earned runs allowed by their pitching staff as Otterbein has 32 and Mount Union 35. The Cardinals also have a league-best team ERA of 2.55.

At the plate, Mount Union is led by Anthony Morino, who is fourth in the OAC in hitting with a team-best .450 batting average. He has five doubles and has driven in 15 runs. Junior Evan Knott has a team-best 16 runs batted in and is hitting .429 on the season.

On the mound, Zach Carlino and Matt Murynski are both 2-1 overall as Carlino has 21 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA and Murzynski has 17 strikeouts with a 3.18 ERA.

Otterbein is led at the plate by All-American senior Wes Meadows. Meadows is sixth in the OAC with a .442 batting average with 18 RBI. Meadows is also 3-0 pitching with a 2.05 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.

The series is the start of a seven-game homestand for the Raiders as Mount Union hosts No. 5 in the nation Marietta next Tuesday at 1 pm, Hiram Wednesday at 3:30 pm and Baldwin Wallace next Saturday at 1 pm.