Baseball: Pitching Dominates for Mount Union in Sweep of Hanover

Noah Skladan (Photo by Jenna Snider)
Noah Skladan (Photo by Jenna Snider)

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Mount Union's baseball team kicked off it's spring trip with a double-header sweep of Hanover as they got career-high's in strikeouts from both starting pitchers in 5-1 and 3-1 wins Friday at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.

With the sweep, Mount Union advances to 2-1 overall while Hanover drops to 2-5. 

Junior pitcher Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) goes to 1-1 on the year as he threw a complete game two-hitter while recording a career-high 12 strikeouts. Senior Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toledo St. Johns) led the Raider offense in the first game as he went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

Garett Zorb started on the bump for the Panthers and went 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on five hits. Jack Shine had the only RBI for Hanover as he went 1-for-3 on the morning.

Hanover got out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but come the third inning, the Raiders would lead. Junior Scott Cooney (North Olmsted) got the inning started with a walk and senior Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range) reached on an error and put the runners at second and third for Scott to get a 2-out 2-RBI single in the third.

Mary had seven consecutive strikeouts to keep the door shut on Hanover while the Raiders added insurance in the fifth with a wild pitch that scored Christian Stanziano (Oberlin/Elyria Catholic) to make the score 3-1. Later in the fifth, Scott got his third RBI with a single up the middle that scored Cooney and made the score 4-1. The Raiders tacked on one more off a Stanziano groundout in the sixth.

Game two was a pitcher's dual from the start as senior Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) and Hanover's David Hermann were dominant early.

In his first appearance of the year, Skladan set a career-high in strikeouts with 13 while only giving up seven hits and just one earned run.  The Raider offense was led by senior Joey Keleman (North Olmsted) as he went 2-for-3 with a double and triple along with an RBI.

Hermann went 5.0+ innings giving up three runs, two of them earned and striking out six Raiders. 

The Raiders jumped on the Panthers as Keleman ripped a double over the right fielder's head and scored Goodall from first in the top half of the first.   

In the bottom of the second, Skladan found himself in a bases loaded jam with nobody out but found a way out of it by striking out the next three batters.   

Skladan kept the Panthers off the board until the fifth when Jack Shine knotted the game at one with a home run.

The Raiders answered in the top half of the sixth as Keleman led the inning off with a triple and came into score on a Niklas Kuriger Atco, N.J./Winslow Township) blooper that dropped in front of the Panther center fielder. Cooney added some insurance for the Raiders as he scored Kuriger on a base hit through the right side to make the score 3-1.

Next up for the Raiders is another double-header as they take on St. Mary's (Minn.) with the fist game set to begin at 2:30 p.m.