WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team belted out 26 hits in 15-6 and 14-4 wins against Aurora (Ill.) Friday at Chain O' Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.
In the opener, Ricky Olasz had four hits and drove three runs and C.J. Stotler drove in three runs on a pair of hits to lead an offense that had 14 hits. Connor Mathis and Anthony Morino each drove in two runs as eight different Raiders registered at least one hit.
Mount Union scored four runs in the second inning before Aurora took a 5-4 lead with two runs in the bottom of the second and three in the third. The Raiders tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth and blew the game open with a six-run sixth. Aurora got one run in the sixth before Mount Union finished with a three-run seventh.
Zach Carlino picked up his first win of the season on the mound for Mount Union as he went 5.2 innings and struck out five. Jared Steck surrendered eight runs -- only four earned -- over five innings to fall to 1-1 on the season pitching for Aurora.
The Raiders kept the offense going in the second game with 12 more hits as Morino went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs and Evan Knott drove in three runs on a triple.
Aurora had a 1-0 lead in the game with a run in the top of the first before Mount Union had a four-run first. The Spartans got another run in the second before the Raiders tacked on four more runs in the second to lead 8-2 after two innings.
Mount Union would extend the lead to 10-2 with two more runs in the fourth and Aurora came back with two more in the fifth to close the gap to 10-4. The Raiders put the game away with four more runs -- three in the fifth and another in the sixth for the 14-4 final.
Sam Clarke allowed just three earned runs and struck out three over six innings to pick up the win on the mound for Mount Union while Josh Kwasny gave up nine runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss.
The Purple Raiders are now 7-0. Aurora falls to 2-7.