Baseball: #23 Mount Union Sweeps Wilmington For First OAC Regular Season Title Since 1970

2017 OAC Regular Season Champions (Photo by Bill Martin)
2017 OAC Regular Season Champions (Photo by Bill Martin)

WILMINGTON, Ohio – No. 23 ranked Mount Union clinched its first Ohio Athletic Conference baseball regular season title with 12-1 and 9-5 wins Sunday at Wilmington.

The Purple Raiders now 27-8 overall finish its OAC season at 16-2 to win the regular season title for the first time since 1970 and host the four-team OAC Tournament May 11-13 at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

In game one, Mount Union busted a 5-1 game open with a five-run sixth inning and went on to a 12-1 win.

Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range), Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toldeo St. John's) and Nick Satovich (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) each had three hits as the Raiders belted out 16 hits.

All of this was more than enough for sophomore right hander Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.), who allowed just one run on four hits over 6.0 innings to go to 9-0 on the season.

Junior Mike Martin (Independence/Independence) no-hit Wilmington (7-30, 2-15 OAC) over the final 3.0 innings for a save.

Joshua Chua hit a solo home run as the Quakers only run.

It was the sixth inning again in game two that put the Raiders up for good.

This time the game was tied at 3-3 before Mount Union loaded the bases with an error and two straight bunt singles before Wilmington starter Joey Hollback walked in the go-ahead run and Conner Koski (Mayfield Hts./Mayfield) had a sacrifice fly RBI to give the Raiders a 5-3 lead.

Wilmington got a solo home run from Jake Hyatt in the sixth but Mount Union tacked on two more in the seventh on sacrifice flies from Scott and Kyle Spellman (Ravenna/Ravenna) to make it 7-4.

The Quakers pushed a run across in the eighth but Joey Keleman (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had an RBI double and Scott an RBI ground out in the ninth for the 9-5.

Scott drove in three runs on two hits to pace the offense.

Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) allowed just two earned runs over the first five innings to get the win and move to 5-2 on the season while Mitch McCristall (Mansfield/Ontario) went the final 4.0 innings for his second save of the season.

Mount Union closes out the regular season with a road doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Washington & Jefferson in Washington, Pa., before a single nine-inning home game Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Pitt-Greensburg.