Baseball: Mount Union Finishes Season With Sweep at Otterbein

Baseball: Mount Union Finishes Season With Sweep at Otterbein
The 2014 Mount Union baseball seniors are the winningest class in school history with 92 wins, an OAC Tournament title and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance

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