Baseball: Mount Union and Marietta Split in OAC Battle

Billy Goodall (Photo by Sam Boyle)
Billy Goodall (Photo by Sam Boyle)

MARIETTA, Ohio--Mount Union's baseball team salvaged an Ohio Athletic Conference split taking the first game 8-7 before losing the nightcap 5-1 against Marietta Tuesday at Don Schaly Stadium.

Billy Goodall (Canfield / South Range) belted two home runs while finishing with three combined hits between the two games to headline the offense.

The Purple Raiders move to 16-8 Overall and 3-5 in OAC play with the split.

Marietta (10-13, 4-4 OAC) got on the board first in game one scoring a run in the opening frame. The Pioneers later added to the lead in the fourth plating three runs to make it 4-0.

A three-run homer from Goodall cut the deficit to 4-3. Later in the inning, Bryant Kennedy (Chagrin Falls) singled that scored Scott Cooney (North Olmsted) to tie the game at 4.

Goodall hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Raiders a 6-4 lead.

Marietta regained control of the game in the eighth plating three runs to make it 7-6.

A pinch-hit RBI single from Collin Scott (Richmond / Edison) tied the game at 7 in the ninth then an RBI groundout from Nathan Duliba (Berea / Berea-Midpark) was deep enough to score Kennedy to go on to the 8-7 final.

Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa. / Peters Township) pitched 7.0 innings only allowing three runs while striking out eight batters in line for the win while Dan Zelina (Mentor) closed out the game for the Raiders fanning two batters over 2.0 innings of work.

In game two, Marietta again jumped out first scoring three runs in the second and a single run in the third to take a 4-0 lead.

Mount Union scored their run in the fifth off a wild pitch to shrink the deficit to 4-1 before the Pioneers got a run back in the sixth off a sacrifice fly to shift the score to 5-1 and take the victory.  

Carson Davis (Louisville) went 5.2 innings striking out four batters for the game two loss.

The Raiders return home to face Heidelberg on Saturday, April 13 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at 23rd Street Field.