AUBURNDALE, Fla- Mount Union returned to Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale Monday, for a double header with Ursinus College (Pa). The total innings played on the day, 23 innings. Mount Union (4-4) split the set with Ursinus (5-3).
Game one offered a memorable pitching matchup, starters and relievers. Mount Union junior Ryan Osman went seven innings, allowed four hits, and just one run. Junior Colin Skufca entered in relief going seven more innings, allowing six hits, and did not allow a run.
Ursinus junior Nick DeFeo kept the Raiders at one run for nine innings, allowing just six hits. Junior Casey Fitzsimmons entered in relief pitching five innings, giving up two hits, and the final run.
In the top of the fourteenth inning, Coleman Stauffer singled and advanced to third on a passed ball. Thomas Gallant delivered, giving the Raiders the lead on an RBI double.
Skufca came back out to close for Mount Union. After more runner drama, the Raiders had needed something big. On a line drive to short, Dwayne Sumler leapt and grabbed the ball for out number two, he then made a quick throwback to first for a double play. Sumler’s catch sealed a 2-1 Raider win.
Game two offered more good pitching. Mount Union sophomore Dwayne Sumler switched to pitcher, giving up one run on five hits, in four innings of work. Ursinus junior Nolan Graber, went all nine innings giving up one run on seven hits, striking out three.
Mount Union Sophomore Billy Keller went four and two third innings before Ursinus took the lead, getting four off Keller in the ninth.
The raiders fell 5-1 to wrap a long day of baseball. Mount Union will continue their play in Florida, before returning home on Saturday.