AUBERNDALE, Fl: Mount Union’s second day of baseball looked a lot like their first on Saturday. The Raiders (3-3) split a pair of games with North Park University (3-5). Just like Friday the Raiders looked good in one game, and not as good in the other.
Thomas Gallant took the mound for game one. The sophomore gave five full innings with no hits before exiting in the sixth. Gallant had given Mount Union a 1-0 lead with an RBI single. That Same inning, Gallant scored off a Coleman Stauffer RBI single. The Raiders added another run when Dwayne Sumler brought home R.J. Dean. Mount Union created a 3-0 lead before Gallant exited in the sixth.
North Park (ILL) took advantage of baseball’s golden rule, “One swing of the bat can change everything”. Senior Jake Reinhardt jacked a three-run shot off Colin Scufka. With one swing of the bat, the Vikings had tied the game heading into the seventh inning.
In the top of the Seventh, the Raiders found what they needed. Coleman Stauffer doubled as Quinton Peters pinch ran for him. R.J. Dean then bunted to advance Peters to third. The small ball scoring sequence was completed with a grounder from Nate Daliba that scored Peters. The Raiders had the lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Coach Hesse stayed with Colin Scufka to close it out in the bottom of the Seventh. Scufka took care of business and got the win for himself and the Raiders. The Raiders started the day with a 4-3 win.
Game two was never Mount Union’s. The top of the first inning saw errors everywhere, hit batters, and a 6-0 North Park lead.
Jake Reinhardt was 2-4 with an RBI that added three more for the Vikings in the fourth inning. The Vikings needed just the six in the first and three in the fourth to get a 9-0 win.
Ethan Sund dealt on the mound for North Park in a compete game shutout. Sund struck out 11 Raiders as coach Hesse dug into his bench unit early. Mount Union found just four hits in the 9-0, game two loss.
Next the Raiders will be headed to the same Lake Myrtle complex for a double header with Ursinus (Pa.). The games should be a good change as the Raiders face two All-American hitters. Both games can be heard on the Mount Union live stream.