Baseball: Raiders Swept By #12 Marietta at Home

Baseball: Raiders Swept By #12 Marietta at Home

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union fell victim to the big inning as No. 12 ranked Marietta swept a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference baseball games 7-4 and 22-16 Wednesday at 23rd Street Field.

The Pioneers used a five-run fifth inning to erase a 1-0 Mount Union lead in the game one win then in game two came from behind twice with two eight-run innings to move to 18-4 overall and hold on to first place in the conference with a 7-1 record. Marietta's David Hale hit a pair of home runs and drove in nine runs on the day.

The Purple Raiders have now dropped five straight and are 13-9 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.

On the day, Mount Union was led at the plate by Joey Keleman (North Olmsted) drove in five runs and had a grand slam home run, Jake Smith (Beloit / West Branch) hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs on four hits, Scott Cooney (North Olmsted) had five hits, Jimmy Scott (Holland / Toledo St. John's) had two-run home run and Charlie Lewis (Strongsville) had a three-run home run.

In game one, Mount Union pushed a run across in the first inning as Christian Stanziano (Oberlin / Elyria Catholic) had a one-out triple and came home on a ground out from Billy Goodall (Canfield / South Range) for an early 1-0 lead.

Marietta pitcher David Stover then took over as he retired 17 straight until a Cooney had his second hit of the game with a double in the seventh. The Pioneers got on the scoreboard and took the lead with a five-run fifth highlighted by a David Hale grand slam. Marietta tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh and Mount Union added three in the ninth on a Stanziano double and a Jimmy Scott two-home run for the 7-4 final.

Stover, who struck out 11 over 8.0 innings, got the win and improved to 7-0 on the season while Mount Union starter Nick Satovich (New Kensington, Pa. / Plum) took the loss to fall to 0-2.

Mount Union opened game two sending nine batters to the plate in the first inning as Stanziano and Goodall each walked and Cooney had a single to load the bases for Keleman, who hit a grand slam home run to right field to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead.

Marietta had five straight base hits to start the third inning that scored three runs then a bases loaded triple from Michael Barnabei plated three and a Geoff Snyder two-run double gave the Pioneers an 8-4 lead but Mount Union came back with two in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run from Jake Smith and left the score at 8-6.

The Raiders retook the lead, 10-8, with a four-run fourth inning as Jimmy Scott started the inning with a triple then came home on a error, two RBI doubles from Ryan Boyd (Wooster) and Smith along with a run scoring ground out from Nathan Duliba (Berea / Berea-Midpark).

Marietta put eight more runs on the board in the top of the fifth taking advantage of two Mount Union errors as Shane Fetsko's two-run single ended up giving the Pioneers back the lead, 16-10.

Keleman drove in his fifth run of the game with RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 16-11.

Marietta then scored two in the sixth, one in the seventh, three in the eighth to move the score to 22-11.

Mount Union tallied five runs in the eighth with three of those coming on a three-run home run from Lewis.

Mount Union is scheduled to play Heidelberg in an OAC series Saturday at 1 p.m. in Tiffin.