Baseball: Raiders Split Pair with Marymount in Florida

Gino Cerani (Photo by JT Higgins)
Gino Cerani (Photo by JT Higgins)

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team split a pair of games with Marymount (Va.) Saturday in Auburndale, Florida.

The Purple Raiders (5-5) lost game one 3-2 but rallied to win game two 2-1 in extra innings.

In game one, Marymount scored the winning run on a suicide squeeze play in the bottom of the seventh to rally to beat the Raiders, 3-2.

Mount Union trailed 2-0 until the top of the seventh inning as the Raiders got a pair of hits from Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range) and Scott Sherwood (Mentor/Mentor) but took advantage of an error, a couple walks and a wild pitch to score two runs and tie the game.

Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) went the distance on the mound, striking out six but took the loss.

Marymount got an early lead in game two with a run in the top of the second inning but the Raiders came back and tied it in the bottom of the same inning on a sacrifice fly RBI from Cole Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic).

Marymount tried to take the lead in the seventh with two runners on base then a ball hit to Goodall in left field and he threw out a runner a third base before another base runner crossed home plate to end the inning and send the game to extras.

Nick Satovich (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) got a two-out single in the eighth, moved to second on a wild pitch and Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toledo St. John's) brought him home for the win on a walk-off double.

Gino Ceriani (Ellowood City, Pa./Lincoln) came out of the pen and worked a scoreless eighth for the win while Beau Taylor (Alliance/West Branch) went the first seven innings striking out seven and allowing only one run in getting the no decision.

Mount Union wraps up its Florida trip with a doubleheader Sunday against Wartburg (Iowa).

Marymount (Va.) 3, Mount Union 2 (Mar 05, 2016 at Auburndale, Fla.) (Game 1)
Mount Union......... 000 000 2 -  2  7  0      (4-5)
Marymount (Va.)..... 000 020 1 -  3  7  1      (6-6)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Noah Skladan and James Weber. Marymount (Va.) - Collin Bazemore;
Conner Hall(7); John LaMotta(7) and Roy Coates.
Win-John LaMotta(1-1)  Loss-Noah Skladan(0-1)  T-2:00  A-50
HR MU - Stephen Berczek.
Weather: 70 F, Partly Cloudy
C. Hall faced 2 batters in the 7th.


Mount Union 2, Marymount (Va.) 1 (Mar 05, 2016 at Auburndale, Fla.) (Game 2)
Marymount (Va.)..... 010 000 00 -  1  8  2      (6-7)
Mount Union......... 010 000 01 -  2  8  1      (5-5)
Pitchers: Marymount (Va.) - Dylan Gerdts; Scott Robison(6); John LaMotta(7); Conner Hall(8) and
Derek Chouinard; Roy Coates. Mount Union - Beau Taylor; Gino Ceriani(8) and Derek Sullivan.
Win-Gino Ceriani(1-1)  Loss-Conner Hall(2-2)  T-2:20  A-50
Weather: 70 F, Partly Cloudy
J.LaMotta faced 1 batter in the 8th.