Baseball: Taylor Pitches Complete Game as Raiders Get First Win

Beau Taylor (photo by Fran Morino)
Beau Taylor (photo by Fran Morino)

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team picked up its first win of the season with a 5-1 win to salvage a split against Saint Mary's (Minn.) Monday in Auburndale, Florida.

The Purple Raiders, who lost game one 6-3, are now 1-3 on the season.

Beau Taylor (Alliance/West Branch) went the distance on the mound and allowed a run on four hits with three strikeouts to pick up the win.

Scott Sherwood (Mentor/Mentor) and Derek Sullivan (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler Area) each drove in runs to give Mount Union an early 2-0 lead.

Sherwood drove in another run in the second to extend the lead to 3-0.

Saint Mary's rallied with a run in the fourth but the Raiders answered with two runs in the fifth off RBIs from Mitchell Lake (Orwell/Grand Valley) and Conner Koski (Highland Heights/Mayfield) that made it 5-1.

In the opener, Mount Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run double from Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range).

Saint Mary's took a 3-2 lead with three runs on two hits in the fourth before the Raiders tied the game on a Tyler Simcox (Akron/Ellet) sacrifice fly.

Saint Mary's rallied again with a three-run sixth inning for the win.

Mount Union is back in action Tuesday with a doubleheader against Alma (Mich.) Tuesday at noon in Auburndale, Fla.

Saint Mary's (Minn.) 6, Mount Union 3 (Feb 29, 2016 at Winter Haven, Fla.) (Game 1)
Mount Union......... 020 001 0 -  3  5  0      (0-3)
Saint Mary's (Minn.) 000 303 X -  6  6  1      (8-1)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Noah Skladan; Gino Ceriani(5); Darren Krolikowski(6);
Mitch McCristall(6) and James Weber; Angelo Cruz. Saint Mary's (Minn.) - Austin Jacobs;
Nathan Mathwig(7) and Tyler Lursen.
Win-Austin Jacobs(1-0)  Save-Nathan Mathwig(1)  Loss-Gino Ceriani  T-2:00  A-44
HR SMU - Jake Barry.
Krolikowski faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Mount Union 5, Saint Mary's (Minn.) 1 (Feb 29, 2016 at Winter Haven, Fla.) (Game 2)
Saint Mary's (Minn.) 000 100 0 -  1  4  3      (8-2)
Mount Union......... 210 020 X -  5 11  0      (1-3)
Pitchers: Saint Mary's (Minn.) - Jesse Barron; Ryan Fejt(4) and Jake Mencacci. Mount Union -
Beau Taylor and Derek Sullivan.
Win-Beau Taylor  Loss-Jesse Barron(0-1)  T-2:00  A-55