WASHINGTON, Pa. – Mount Union's baseball team was defeated by Pitt-Greensburg by a final score of 9-4 in a non-conference matchup Thursday afternoon at Wild Things Park in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Nick Satovich (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) got his first start of the year and gets the loss as the Purple Raiders now drop to 13-5. Satovich went 4.1 innings while giving up two runs, just one earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts. Darren Krolikowski (Strongsville) came in relief of Satovich and went one and two thirds innings giving up four runs but just two earned.
Dean Edwards (2-0) gets the win for the Greensburg as they go to 8-7 overall.
Senior Christian Stanziano (Oberlin/Elyria Catholic) tied the school record of 19 for consecutive games with a hit as he got a single in the first inning. Scott Cooney (North Olmsted) led the Raider offense with two hits.
Both teams got on the board in the first inning as Nathan Duliba (Berea/Berea-Midpark) scored on a double play ball. Pitt-Greensburg got the run back in the bottom half as they scored on a sacrifice fly.
Through the next three and a half scoreless innings, each team left six people on base until Greensburg capitalized on two Mount Union errors with three runs on just one hit in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bobcats stretched their lead to 6-1 with two more runs in the sixth off the third hit of the day from Mike Parlak.
The Raiders battled back in the top of the seventh as they scored three runs. Duliba started the inning with a single and after a walk to Stanziano, Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range) got himself a bunt single. Jimmy Scott (Holland/Toledo St. John's) walked with the bases loaded and Joey Keleman (North Olmsted) ripped a pinch-hit single that scored Stanziano. The Raiders scoring ended with Goodall being sent home on a balk.
Greensburg got some insurance in the bottom of the eighth as they scored two more runs to make the score 9-4 off a double from Chris Common.
The Raiders will be back in Ohio Athletic Conference play as they take on Ohio Northern at 23rd Street Field in a double header where the first pitch will come at 1 p.m. at 23rd Street Field.