Baseball: Freshman Pitcher Hurls Gem in First-Ever Start as Raiders Get Split

James Weber (photo by Fran Morino)
James Weber (photo by Fran Morino)

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union freshman Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) pitched a complete game two-hit shutout in his first collegiate start as the Purple Raiders split a pair of games with Alma (Mich.) Tuesday in Florida.

Mary struck out 12 hitters and took a perfect game into the sixth inning before he hit batter then surrendered a single but he came right back and allowed just one more hit as the Purple Raiders won 5-0.

Senior catcher James Weber (Auburn, Ind./Garrett) provided more than enough offense as he drove in four runs on a pair of doubles as Mount Union had 10 hits in the win.

The Raiders fell behind 2-0 in game two then tied the game in the fourth on a two-run single from freshman Nick Satovich (New Kensington, Pa./Plum).

Alma came back and the tied the game in the bottom of the fourth then went up 4-2 with a run in the sixth.

Mount Union rallied in the seventh with an RBI single from Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range) and had the runners in scoring position when the game ended.

Mike Martin (Independence/Independence) struck out five and allowed just one earned run in the loss.

Mount Union 5, Alma (Mich.) 0 (Mar 01, 2016 at Auburndale, Fla.) (Game 1)
Alma (Mich.)........ 000 000 0 -  0  2  1      (0-1)
Mount Union......... 002 021 X -  5 10  0      (2-3)
Pitchers: Alma (Mich.) - Nick Swanson; Mike Mallory(5) and Patrick Finn. Mount Union - Phil Mary
and James Weber.
Win-Phil Mary(1-0)  Loss-Nick Swanson(0-1)  T-2:00  A-50

Alma (Mich.) 4, Mount Union 3 (Mar 01, 2016 at Auburndale, Fla.) (Game 2)
Mount Union......... 000 200 1 -  3  6  1      (2-4)
Alma (Mich.)........ 002 101 X -  4  7  1      (1-1)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Mike Martin; Mitch McCristall(4); Gino Ceriani(6) and James Weber;
Derek Sullivan. Alma (Mich.) - Alex Valasek and Doug Walters.
Win-Alex Valasek(1-0)  Loss-Mike Martin(0-1)  T-2:00  A-50