ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball team split a pair of games with Otterbein in the Ohio Athletic Conference and home opener Friday at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders won the opener 8-1 and dropped the second game 7-3 to stand at 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the OAC. Otterbein is 14-3 and 1-1 in the OAC after the split.
In game one, junior hurler Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) won his third game of the season as he pitched a complete-game seven hitter with six strikeouts. He and fellow junior Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) also each drove in two runs as Mount Union jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the first five innings and went on to the 8-1 win.
Mount Union scored four runs in the first inning as the Raiders first four hitters all reached base then came around and scored on RBI singles from Grosscup, Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak), Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) and Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf).
Carlino helped his own cause in the third with a two-out RBI double in the third to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Raiders put two more on the board in the fourth taking advantage of an Otterbein error and a sacrifice fly RBI from Grosscup.
A two-out RBI single by junior C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh/Plum) in the fifth pushed the score to 8-0.
Otterbein got its run in the sixth on a Jordan Ashbrook single.
In the second game, Otterbein's Wes Meadows had three hits and drove in three runs including a two-run home run to hold off Mount Union, 7-3.
Mount Union belted out 11 hits but stranded 13 runners on base including leaving bases loaded in three different innings.
Otterbein loaded the bases in the third inning and got a two-out, two-RBI, single from Sean Kettering.
Mount Union cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning as Anthony Morino drove in a run but the Raiders left the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Cardinals came right back in the fifth as Meadows two-run home run to put Otterbein up 4-1.
The Raiders rallied with single runs in the fifth, on a Ricky Olasz RBI single, and a seventh on a Morino RBI double to close the margin to 4-3.
Otterbein added a run in the eighth on a two-out Tyler Rose double in the eighth and two runs in the ninth on a Meadows RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Sean Kettering.
Otterbein's Adam Collier went 6.1 innings to pick up the win and go to 5-1 on the season while Dominic Porretta allowed only one hit over the final 2.2 innings to get his second save.
Mount Union pitcher Matt Murzynski allowed four runs over the first six innings to fall to 2-2 on the season.
The Raiders host No. 5 in the nation Marietta next Tuesday, April 2 at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.