PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Mount Union's baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by No. 21 La Roche with scores of 3-1 and 1-0 on Monday at John Arnold Sr. Memorial Field in Pittsburgh
The Purple Raiders drop to 8-4 on the year while the Redhawks advance to 11-3 overall.
Game one saw senior Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) drops to 2-2 this season as he tossed six innings giving up three runs on seven hits. Joey Keleman (North Olmsted) led the Raider offense with two hits in game one while Nick Satovich had the hit that scored the only Raider run.
Regis Sauer (1-0) got the win for the Redhawks as he threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts while giving up an unearned run.
The Redhawks jumped on Mary early as they got two runs in the bottom half of the first off four hits. Joe Professori came around to score the first run on a sacrifice fly and Dylan Urban came around to score on a Jonathan Melendez single.
La Roche scratched in another run in the second as Urban hit a sacrifice fly that score Jon Silva.
The Raiders offense made some noise in the fifth as Travis Wood (Hudson) and Nate Owen (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) were both on base with two outs but a Christian Stanziano (Oberlin/Elyria Catholic) pop out ended the threat.
Mount Union broke through with a run in the sixth as a walk to Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toledo St. John's) got the inning started, a single from Keleman advanced Scott to second and Satovich ripped a single to score Scott and make the score 3-1.
After a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth from Mary, Sauer shut down the Raider offense to finish his complete game.
Game two saw a pitcher's duel between both starters as they both gave the ball to the bullpen giving up no runs.
Senior Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) was dominant on the mound for the Raiders as he went six and two-thirds innings with nine strikeouts, six hits and no runs but gets a no decision. Senior Beau Taylor (2-1) (Alliance/West Branch) came on in relief and gave up one run on three hits to pick up the loss.
Tre Thomas matched Skladan pitch-for-pitch for the Redhawks as he kept the door shut on the Raider offense as he got out of a few jams through his six innings of shutout baseball. Chris Hanlon came on in relief of Thomas and got the win as he threw three scoreless innings.
Mount Union had plenty of opportunities to score as they left men on base in all but one inning, 13 total.
The only run of the game came in walk-off fashion for La Roche as Elmo Trickett hit a triple with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Austin Hoffman scored him with a single to bring the pitcher's duel to a close.
Mount Union will be back in action Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. as they host Hiram in the home-opener at 23rd Street Field.