Baseball: Mount Union Gets Swept by Capital; Game Two Goes 15 Innings

Nathan Duliba (Photo by: Rosalie Morrison)
Nathan Duliba (Photo by: Rosalie Morrison)

BEXLEY, Ohio – Mount Union's baseball team was swept by Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday at Clowson Field with scores of 3-2 and 5-4 with the second game going 15 innings.

Mount Union drops to 19-13 overall and 8-8 in the OAC while Capital advances to 14-20 overall and 5-11 in the conference

In game one, freshman Nathan Duliba (Berea/Berea-Midpark) led the Raider offense with three hits. Junior Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) started on the mound for the Raiders and picked up the loss (5-4) as he threw six innings allowing three runs, two earned, with four strikeouts.

Mount Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Duliba scored Travis Wood (Hudson) and Nate Owen (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) singled to score Joe Nave (Toronto/Edison). However, Capital came back to knot the game at 2-2 with an RBI double from Connor Richardson and a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Capital then took advantage of a Raider error in the fifth that helped score their third run on a sacrifice fly.

The Capital pitching staff shut the Raider offense down the rest of the way as Patrick Avellano (5-4) got the win throwing six innings giving up two runs and Joseph Borkey threw the last three innings to get the save.

Game two saw the Raiders once again jump out to a 2-0 lead, this time in the first inning. Senior Billy Goodall (Canfield/South Range) doubled to send Niklas Kuriger (Atco, N.J./Winslow Township) to third and Joey Keleman (North Olmsted) hit Kuriger home with a single. Ryan Boyd (Wooster) grounded out later in the inning to plate Goodall and put the Raiders up 2-0.

Capital answered with a run in the bottom half as Zackary Ary tripled to lead off the inning and came around on a single.

The Raiders added a third run in the seventh as Duliba came around to score on a Ryan Boyd (Wooster) single to put the Raiders up 3-1.

Capital would tie the game with two runs in the eighth inning and the game would go in to extra innings.

The Raiders would retake the lead in the 11th as Joe Nave (Toronto/Edison) singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a Nathan Duliba sacrifice fly to make the score 4-3. However, Capital would answer with a run of their own in the bottom half and the game continued on.

Collin Skufca (Wooster) found himself in some trouble in the 13th as the Crusaders loaded the bases with just one out but a groundball double play got Skufca and the Raiders out of the jam.

Mount Union then loaded the bases in the 15th with one out but a line drive double play got Capital out of the jam. In the bottom half of the 15th, Capital won the game with a Connor Richardson single that scored Beau Otto.

Skufca picks up the loss (1-1) as he threw the final three and a third innings giving up six hits with just the one run. Noah Skladan (Amherst/Steele) started the game for the Raiders and went six and two-thirds innings pitched giving up one run on just three hits. Beau Taylor (Alliance/West Branch) came in relief of Skaldan and threw four and a third innings giving up three runs on five hits.

Nick Beck (2-2) of Capital threw the last five innings of relief to earn the win as he gave up just the one run on five hits. 

Mount Union will be back in action on Sunday with a single 9-inning nonconference game with Allegheny with the first pitch coming at 1 p.m. at 23rd Street Field.