Baseball: Raiders Split Season Opener at #25 Washington & Jefferson

Brian Livolsi
Brian Livolsi

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Mount Union's baseball team opened the 2020 season with a split at No. 25 ranked Washington & Jefferson winning the opener 10-1 then falling 10-1 Sunday at Ross Memorial Park.

In the opener, sophomore Thomas Gallant (Pataskala / Watkins Memorial) made his first collegiate start and allowed a run on three hits striking out nine over five innings to pick up the win.

The Purple Raiders belted out 13 hits and were led by senior Shawn Baker (Uniontown / Lake) who was 4-for-4, Coleman Stauffer (Boardman) had two hits while junior Brian Livolsi (McMurray, Pa. / Peters Township) had a pair of hits including a three-run home run.

Mount Union opened the scoring with a run in the third inning as Sumler hit a ball that bounced over the left field fence for a double then came home on an RBI double from Duliba.

The Raiders made it 4-0 with a three-run fourth on singles from White and Dean along with an RBI ground out from Sumler. W&J started the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk and a hit batter and after a strikeout got on a run on a double. Another walk loaded the bases before Gallant struck out the next two hitters and left the score 4-1.

Mount Union blew the game open in the sixth taking advantage of a walk, a pair of errors and a wild pitch to plate six runs with the big hit coming on a three-run homer Livolsi to make it 10-1.

In game two, the Raiders were held to two hits in a 10-1 loss.

Jansen Eichenlaub allowed a run on two hits and struck out 11 through 4.2 innings for Washington & Jefferson (1-1).

The Presidents scored two in the third and four in the fourth to get out to a 6-0 lead.

Mount Union scored a run in the fifth on an RBI-groundout from Chad Syzdlowski (Twinsburg) but Washington & Jefferson scored four in the bottom half of the inning aided by a pair of Raider errors to push the lead to 10-1.

The Raiders next play against Waynesburg (Pa.) Friday, March 6 in a doubleheader at Lake Bonny Park in Lakeland, Florida.