Baseball: Pitching Powers Raiders To Sweep of Baldwin Wallace

Jimmy Scott (Photo by Ed Hall /
Jimmy Scott (Photo by Ed Hall /

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Dominant pitching performances over two games led the Mount Union baseball team to an Ohio Athletic Conference sweep of Baldwin Wallace 4-1 and 5-0 Saturday at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla.

Four Mount Union pitchers combined to not allow an earned run over 18 innings combined innings as the Purple Raiders finished its Florida swing 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

Sophomore Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) scattered eight hits over eight innings and did not allow an earned run to pick up his second win of the season while Mitch McCristall (Mansfield/Ontario) closed the door in the ninth for his first save of the season in a 4-1 win in the opener.

In game two, junior Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) allowed just four hits over 7.2 innings and at one point retired 14 of 15 hitters in a span to move to 2-0 on the season. Fellow junior Mike Martin (Independence/Independence) surrendered just two hits over the final 1.1 innings.

Baldwin Wallace (9-4, 0-2) took a 1-0 lead in game one as it pushed an unearned run across in the top of the fourth inning and the Raiders responded to tie it in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range).

Mount Union took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on as Joey Keleman (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) led off the frame with a single and later scored on a single from Nick Satovich (New Kensington, Pa./Plum).

The Raiders then got two in the sixth taking advantage of an error and a walk to extend the lead to 4-1.

Mary and McCristall then took over and allowed just three Yellow Jacket hits over the final three innings.

Keleman finished with three hits for the Raiders.

Mount Union then had a pair of RBI singles with two outs in the first and second innings from Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toledo St. John's) and Conner Koski (Mayfield Hts/Mayfield) respectively for a 2-0 lead.

The Raiders first three hitters reached in the fifth on a pair of walks and an error and all three would eventually come around to score to extend the lead to 5-0.

Mount Union next plays at Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. in Washington, Pa.