John Carroll takes both ends of doubleheader vs. No. 17 Mount Union
MUSKINGUM, Ohio -- With a layoff of more than two weeks John Carroll showed no signs of rust taking noth games of a doubleheader against Mount Union. John Carroll took Game 1 9-5 and threw out the would-be game-tying run in the second game to take the 2-1 win. John Carroll improved to 7-6, 2-0 OAC with the sweep while Mount Union fell to 10-3, 0-2 OAC.
Sophomore Aaron Lapaglia fired JCU's first nine-inning complete game in nearly five years to help lead JCU to a 9-5 win.
Mount Union struck first in the second inning when Jeff Bennett scratched out an RBI groundout after Justin Jakubik clubbed a one-out double and advanced to third in a wild pitch.
John Carroll came right back in the bottom of the frame to knot the score when Jimmy Spagna doubled to left field and came in to score on Chet Lauer's RBI single.
From there Lapaglia settled in. After allowing the Purple Raiders' leadoff hitter to reach in the third inning he retired 11 batters in a row. Helping his starter out was Lauer mowing down C.J. Stotler at second base to end the third inning.
The Blue Streaks struck for four runs in the fifth. Mark Huddle started the rally with a one-out double and came in to score when Robby Cifelli singled through the right side. Bobby Sabatino and Spagna laced singles in the frame to plate two more runs. JCU's final run of the inning came on a suicide squeeze by Mitchell Herringshaw.
After allowing Mount Union to tie the score at five, John Carroll scored four runs in the eighth to take the 9-5 lead. With the bases loaded on three consecutive walks, Sabatino made the Purple Raiders' Wes Kemp pay with a two-out, two-run single to right field. The Blue and Gold added two more runs when Herringshaw sent a grounder under the glove of Mount Union shortstop Lee Grosscup.
Mount Union had tied the score at five in the top of the eighth on Grosscup's RBI single. The Purple Raiders had pulled within one with a three-run seventh inning.
Lapaglia closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning including two strikeouts. He improved to 3-1 on the season. Sabatino and Spagna each finished with two hits at the plate with Sabatino driving in three runs.
Brandon Maddern pitched into the ninth inning, stifling the Purple Raiders only allowing four hits. Despite only having three hits of its own, the Blue Streaks two first inning runs were enough taking the 2-1 win to complete the sweep.
With the tying run on second base and one out in the ninth inning Jeff Bennett laced a single into centerfield. Cifelli came up firing nailing the would-be game-tying run at the plate with Lauer applying the tag.
From there Kevin Rosinski was able to force a comebacker by Connor Mathis to secure the win and pick up his second save of the year. Maddern improved to 2-0 only allowing seven hits and one earned run in eight innings of work. He was relieved in the top of the ninth after allowing a leadoff walk.
John Carroll struck for both of its runs in the bottom of the first. Lauer drove in both runs of the game after Cifelli and Sabatino had reached based to start the game.
Mount Union scores its lone run of the game in the fifth inning. Ricky Olasz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Justin Jakubik in for the Purple Raiders' lone run of the game.
The Purple Raiders threatened in the eighth inning loading the bases with one out. Maddern escaped, inducing the 6-4-3 double play.