Baseball: Raiders Sweep Widener in Season Opener

Nate Owen
Nate Owen

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team cranked out a combined 25 hits in 7-4 and 12-4 wins over Widener (Pa.) Thursday in the season opening series at Osceola Heritage Park.

Senior centerfielder Billy Goodall (Canfield / South Range) had two hits as seven different Purple Raiders registered a hit in a 7-4 game one win.

Senior Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa. / Peters Township) scattered four runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings to get the win while sophomore Eric Ostrowski (Youngstown / Jackson-Milton) did not allow hit over the final 1.2 innings to pick up the save.

Mount Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning plating an unearned run and getting an RBI single from sophomore Coleman Stauffer (Boardman). Stauffer drove in another run in the third drawing a bases loaded walk and it became 4-0 later in the frame when sophomore Joey Nave (Toronto / Edison) also got a bases loaded walk.

Widener (0-2) got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3, but senior Nick Satovich (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Plum) had an RBI ground out in the fourth to push the lead to 5-3.

Widener made it 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth with a run off a wild pitch but Mount Union finished the scoring as senior Nate Owen (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Seneca Valley) had a sacrifice fly RBI in the sixth and Nathan Duliba (Berea / Berea-Midpark).

In game two, the Raiders put six runs on the board in the first with a big two-run single from senior Bryant Kennedy (Chagrin Falls) and another run in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead.

Owen had an RBI single in the fifth that pushed the lead to 8-0 before Widener rallied again this time with a four-run sixth inning.

Mount Union got all four of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth as senior Niklas Kuriger (Atco, N.J. / Winslow Township) had a three-run double and Owen drove in his third run on his third hit of the game for the 12-8 final.

Sophomore Carson Davis (Louisville) struck out five and only allowed five hits through 5.0 innings for the win.

Mount Union is back in action Saturday against Worcester State (Mass.) in a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader at Osceola Heritage Park.