Baseball: Mount Union Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule with Games Against Thiel and Hiram
Mount Union's baseball team hosts non-conference single games against Thiel (Pa.) Monday at 4 pm and Hiram Wednesday at 4 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders are 18-10 overall and a pair of wins would give them their third straight and sixth time over the last eight seasons of at least 20 wins in a season.
Mount Union has won six of its last seven games and the offense has been leading the way as the team is averaging 16 hits a game over that seven game span.
On the season, the Raiders are hitting .352 as a team while senior Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) is averaging .404 at the plate.
Eight different Mount Union hitters have driven in at least 10 runs with senior Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) driving in a team-best 26.
Mount Union's pitching staff has a 4.92 earned run average.
Junior Sam Clarke (Strongsville/Strongsville) leads the team with five wins, a shutout and a 3.83 earned run average. Senior Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) tops the squad with 42 strikeouts while senior Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) has four wins and a shutout.
Thiel is 12-18 on the season and the Tomcats have lost three of their last four games.
Thiel is hitting .280 as a team as Trent Smith leads the way hitting a team-best .429 with 21 runs batted in.
On the mound, Parker Meyers has a 3-3 record with two complete games, while Matt Elko is 2-5 with a team-high 48 strikeouts.
Hiram is 10-15 overall and the Terriers have won three straight games.
Jaren Bell is hitting .449 on the season with 13 RBI as Hiram has a .303 team batting average.
The pitching staff is led by Brandon Chesmar, who is 4-1 with a 3.12 earned run average and J.T. Taylor, who is 3-4 with 33 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA.
The homestand continues for Mount Union on Saturday, April 26 at 1 pm as the Raiders host Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader.