Baseball: Raiders Clinch OAC Tournament Bid With Sweep at Muskingum

Junior Zach Carlino
Junior Zach Carlino

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball clinched its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament bid with 8-5 and 15-8 wins Saturday at Muskingum.

The Purple Raiders have won four-straight games, are 20-15 overall and at 11-7 in the OAC will be the No. 3 seed in next week's conference tournament at Marietta.  Mount Union will play No. 2 seed John Carroll while regular season champion Marietta and Otterbein will meet Thursday, May 9.

The first game was tied at 1-1 heading into the third inning when Mount Union plated five runs with big hit coming came from Justin Jakubik (Strongsville/Strongsville), who drove in three runs on a bases loaded triple.

Muskingum rallied with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth that chased Mount Union ace Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) but Gino Ceriani (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) got the final out in the sixth and closer Brandon Bell (Strattonville, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) picked up his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 seventh.

Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) drove in two runs on a pair of hits and Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) had a pair of hits for Mount Union.

Carlino picked up his eighth win of the season on the mound for the Raiders then picked up his bat in game two and had a season-high three hits and drove in four runs as Mount Union belted out 21 hits in a 15-8 win in game two.

The 21 hits matches the second most in a game this season for the Raiders as a total of seven different players had multiple hits.

Jakubik had four hits and drove in a pair of runs, Scott Sherwood (Mentor/Mentor) had three hits, Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) drove in three runs on two hits, Knott and Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) each drove in two runs.

Mount Union led 7-0 in the top of the fifth inning but Muskingum rallied to tie the game with a seven-run fifth before the Raiders scored seven unanswered over the next two innings to put the game away.

Ceriani picked up the win out of the bullpen.

Mount Union 8, Muskingum 5 (May 04, 2013 at Muskingum University) (Game 1)
Mount Union......... 105 010 1 -  8 10  2      (18-15, 10-7 OAC)
Muskingum........... 010 121 0 -  5  9  0      (9-28, 5-12 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Zach Carlino; Gino Ceriani(6); Brandon Bell(7) and C.J. Stotler;
Steve Mitch. Muskingum - Justin W.; M. Free(4); M. Congrove(6); A. Miller(6) and M. Connor.
Win-Zach Carlino(8-1)  Save-Brandon Bell(4)  Loss-Justin W.(1-6)  T-2:04  
Weather: Cloudy
Mount Union 15, Muskingum 8 (May 04, 2013 at Muskingum University) (Game 2)
Mount Union......... 014 113 401  - 15 21  5      (20-15, 11-7 OAC)
Muskingum........... 000 070 010  -  8 11  9      (9-29, 5-13 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Sam Clarke; Gino Ceriani(5); Matt Murzynski(8); Ryan Sason(9) and
James Weber; Steve Mitch. Muskingum - A. VanDine; A. Miller(6); P. Johnson(7); D. Davy(8) and
M. Connor.
Win-Gino Ceriani(3-0)  Loss-A. Miller(1-6)  T-3:00  A-98