Baseball: Mount Union Finds Little Extra to Sweep Ohio Northern Monday in Ada

Sean Mohney (Photo by JT Higgins)
Sean Mohney (Photo by JT Higgins)

ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball team pulled off a pair of extra inning wins -- 10-4 in nine innings in game one and 7-5 in 10 innings in game two -- against Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference series Monday in Ada.

OAC baseball series are supposed to be a 7-inning game one, followed by a 9-inning game two. By conference rule, if game one goes extra innings then game two becomes a 7-inning game.

None of that mattered Monday as sweep got the Purple Raiders (14-11 overall) back to even in conference play at 5-5 while Ohio Northern (12-15 overall) falls to 3-7 in the OAC.

Game one was tied going into the top of the ninth inning when Mount Union started the frame with an Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) double then in the next at-bat, Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) drove him home for the go-ahead run.  

After a single by Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) and Justin Jakubik (Strongsville/Strongsville) drew a walk to load the bases -- Jeff Bennett (Hartville/Lake) had a pinch hit two-RBI single to extend the lead to 7-4.  

Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) then stepped to the plate and put the game out of reach as he blasted a three-run home run -- his first of the season -- to make the score 10-4.

Mohney finished with a career-best four RBI, Grosscup drove in three runs on three hits while Morino had four hits as the Raiders blasted a total of 17 hits for the game.

Ryan Sason (Mentor/Lake Catholic) came out of the pen and did not allow a hit over the final 4.0 innings to pick up his third win of the season.  Tom Bekelesky (Akron/Firestone) started the game and allowed just one earned run over the first five innings.

In game two, Mount Union had leads of 1-0 in the second and 2-1 in the fourth before Ohio Northern took control with a three-run fourth to lead 4-2.

The Raiders clawed back within a run with a run in the sixth, 4-3, before Mohney led off the seventh with a double and would later score the tying run on a Grosscup sacrifice fly.

Mount Union would lead for a third time in the eighth as they took advantage of a Polar Bear error to push a run across and lead 5-4 but Ohio Northern would rally again to tie the game with a two-out RBI single from Cody Meyer.

It would stay that way again until the 10th inning when the Raiders loaded the bases and Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) came through with a two-run double to left field to put Mount Union up 7-5.

Ohio Northern put together another rally in the bottom of the 10th scoring a run and having the tying run on third base but Sam Clarke (Strongsville/Strongsville) who came on to start the inning on the mound closed the door for his first save of the season.

Mount Union closer Brandon Bell (Strattonville, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) scattered four hits over three innings in relief to get the win and he starter Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) combined for seven strikeouts over the first nine innings.

The Raiders play again on Tuesday at 1 pm hosting Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Mount Union 10, Ohio Northern 4 (Apr 15, 2013 at Ada, Ohio) (Game 1)
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Mount Union......... 030 010 006  - 10 17  1      (13-11, 4-5 OAC)
Ohio Northern....... 400 000 000  -  4  7  2      (12-14, 3-6 OAC)
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Pitchers: Mount Union - Tom Bekelesky; Ryan Sason(6) and C.J. Stotler; Steve Mitch; James Weber
. Ohio Northern - Eltzroth; Deitering(3); Crabtree(6); Eckert(9) and Martin.
Win-Ryan Sason(3-0)  Loss-Crabtree(1-1)  T-2:45  A-50
HR MTU - Lee Grosscup (1); Sean Mohney (1).
Weather: 64, sunny, Wind SSW 15 mph
Crabtree faced 3 batters in the 9th.
Mount Union 7, Ohio Northern 6 (Apr 15, 2013 at Ada, Ohio) (Game 2)
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Mount Union......... 010 101 110 2 -  7  5  2      (14-11, 5-5)
Ohio Northern....... 010 300 010 1 -  6  9  3      (12-15, 3-7)
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Pitchers: Mount Union - Matt Murzynski; Brandon Bell(7); Sam Clarke(10) and C.J. Stotler;
James Weber; Steve Mitch. Ohio Northern - Glischinski; Foley(6); Schwerer(9) and Small; Martin.
Win-Brandon Bell(1-0)  Save-Sam Clarke(1)  Loss-Schwerer(0-2)  T-3:00  A-50
HR ONU - LaMarca (1).
Weather: 68, cloudy, Wind S 15 mph
Glischinski faced 2 batters in the 6th.