Baseball: Raiders Sweep Muskingum in OAC Finale

(Photo by Sam Boyle)
(Photo by Sam Boyle)

NEW CONCORD, Ohio-- Mount Union's baseball team swept Muskingum 12-5 and 9-6 in Ohio Athletic Conference action Sunday at Mose Morehead Field.

The Purple Raiders recorded 27 combined hits over the two games while Dwayne Sumler (Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren Central) and Ryan Boyd (Wooster) registered three hits in game one to headline the offense. 

Mount Union got on the board first in game one with a solo home run in the second from Boyd to take a 1-0 lead.

Bryant Kennedy (Chagrin Falls) belted a two-run homer in the third to make the score 3-0.

An RBI double from Sumler in the fourth shifted the score to 4-0.

The Raiders added a lone run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth before Muskingum (11-26 overall and 5-13 in the OAC) plated two runs in the bottom frame of the sixth to shift the score to 7-2.

Mount Union scored three in the seventh highlighted by an RBI single from Sumler to extend the lead to 10-2.

Muskingum retaliated with a single run in the eighth, but Mount Union tallied two in the ninth to go on to the 12-3 victory.

Phil Mary (Venetia, Pa. / Peters Township) pitched a complete game while striking out five batters in line for the victory.

In game two, Mount Union broke the scoreless tie in the fourth scoring three sparked by an RBI single from Travis Wood (Hudson) to take a 3-0 lead.

Muskingum shrank the deficit with a two-run homer in the fifth to make it 3-2. The Muskies later tied the game at three in the sixth off a fielder's choice. 

A sacrifice fly from Sumler in the eighth gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead before Muskingum made it 5-4 in the bottom half bringing two runs across. 

Jake Smith (Salem / West Branch) hit a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth to give the Raiders back the lead. Later in the inning, Mount Union added insurance runs with an RBI double from Wood and a two-run home run from Niklas Kuriger (Atco, N.J. / Winslow Township) to make it 9-5.  

Muskingum added a lone run in the bottom half inning but the rally stopped there as the Raiders went on to the 9-6 victory. 

Carson Davis (Louisville) pitched 7.0 innings of work only allowing three hits while Colin Skufca (Wooster) closed out the game pitching 2.0 innings of work striking out two and took the victory. 

Mount Union ends the season with a 22-14 record and 9-9 in conference play.