Baseball: Mount Union Finishes Season With Sweep at Otterbein

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball team rallied for a pair of wins 8-7 and 4-2 to finish the 2014 season with a sweep at Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference series Saturday in Westerville.

The Purple Raiders close out the season with a 24-10 overall record and a 10-8 record in the OAC.  The 24 wins are the second most in a single season in school history.

In game one, Mount Union had a six-run third inning to take a 6-0 lead, before Otterbein scored seven unanswered from the third to fifth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

The Raiders scored a pair of runs in the sixth as Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) tied the game with a sacrifice fly RBI then Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) followed with an RBI single that gave the Raiders an 8-7 lead.

Mount Union starter Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) then did not allow a hit from the sixth through the eighth as he went 8.0 innings and struck out four to get the win and move to 4-2.

Gino Ceriani (Ellwood City, Pa./Lincoln) worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the save for the Raiders. 

Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) and Jeff Bennett (Uniontown/Lake) each drove in a pair of runs as well for Mount Union.

In game two, Otterbein pushed a run across in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead before Mount Union scored a pair of unearned runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

Otterbein tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third and it stayed that way until the sixth inning.  With two outs in the sixth,  Justin Jakubik (Strongsville/Strongsville) and Mohney each reached on singles then Bennett had a two-run double that gave the Raiders a 4-2 lead.

Sam Clarke (Strongsville/Strongsville) started for the Raiders and allowed two runs on three hits over the first 5.0 innings to get his seventh win of the season.  Kyle Toma (Strongsville/Strongsville) came on in relief and allowed only one hit over 3.0 innings while Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) pitched the ninth for the save.


Mount Union 8, Otterbein 7 (May 03, 2014 at Westerville, Ohio)
Mount Union......... 006 002 000  -  8  9  0      (23-10, 9-8 OAC)
Otterbein........... 002 410 000  -  7 10  0      (23-14, 7-10 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Zach Carlino; Gino Ceriani(9) and . Otterbein - A. Collier; T. Dorsey(7)
and .
Win-Zach Carlino(4-2)  Save-Gino Ceriani(2)  Loss-A. Collier(3-4)  T-2:05  A-354
HR OTT - T. Linder.
Mount Union 4, Otterbein 2 (May 03, 2014 at Westerville, Ohio)
Mount Union......... 002 002 000  -  4  6  1      (24-10, 10-8 OAC)
Otterbein........... 011 000 000  -  2  4  1      (23-15, 7-11 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Sam Clarke; Kyle Toma(6); Matt Murzynski(9) and . Otterbein - T. Ellis;
E. Whitten(6); S. Swiger(6); B. Hamilton(7); R. Wilson(8); R. Kemer(9) and .
Win-Sam Clarke(7-2)  Save-Matt Murzynski(1)  Loss-E. Whitten(0-1)  T-2:15  A-288