Sunday, April 06, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph baseball team parlayed a few big scoring innings, and solid starting pitching into a doubleheader sweep on Saturday over Defiance, winning 11-5 and 8-3. The Mount improves to 10-11-1 overall, 5-5 in the HCAC and will play next on April 8 when they host a conference game against Transylvania University.
The Mount began the scoring in game one with a three-run first, thanks to RBI singles by Ronald Cotton (Florence, KY/Boone County) and Rob Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West). Shaw added a two-run double in the third inning, as the Lions built their lead to 6-0. after single runs in the fifth and sixth, and the Mount holding an 8-2 lead, Taylor Alley (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills) stroked a two-run single in the seventh inning as the lead grew to 11-2. The Mount pounded out 19 hits in the first game, with Alley collecting four hits and teammates Michael Leytze (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle), Tyler Haubner (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle), and Shaw recording three hits each. Shaw added four RBI while Leytze and Cotton had three runs scored. Brandon Polking (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) was the recipient of the Lions' offensive outburst, collecting the win by going seven innings, allowing nine hits, two runs with two strikeouts.
Leytze had an RBI single in the first inning of game one, staking the Mount to a 1-0 lead, while Cotton's triple in the fifth gave the Mount a 2-1 advantage. The Mount plated five more runs in the seventh inning, thanks to RBI hits by Shaw and Drew Werner (Sunman, IN/East Central) and a two-run triple by Kyle Vennemeier (Harrison, OH/Harrison). Defiance added two runs in the eighth inning. The Mount's 12 hit offense was paced by Leytze, who had three hits, while three other Lions' players had two hits each. Nick Browning (Fairfield, OH/Hamilton Badin) had three runs scored. Chase Stevens (Harrison, OH/Harrison) recorded his third win of the season, pitching eight innings and allowing three earned runs.