The John Carroll University Blue Streaks completed a two-game sweep over the University of Mount Union on Saturday, March 21. The Blue Streaks beat the Purple Raiders 7-1 and 7-0 in Alliance, Ohio in JCU’s Ohio Athletic Conference opener.
The second game was JCU’s first shutout game in the series.
The Blue and Gold improved their record to 11-3, 2-0 OAC. JCU’s 11-3 ties the best 14-game record to start the season in the program’s history. The 2008 team was the last team to achieve this feat.
Junior Brandon Maddern (2-1) pitched five innings in the first game and only surrendered five hits. He had a dominating start, with two strikeouts in the bottom of the first. The southpaw finished with six strike outs.
Junior Aaron Lapaglia was the second pitcher of the game for the JCU, finishing the game by pitching the last four innings. He picked up his second career save in the process. Lapaglia only allowed three hits and struck out three.
The Blue Streaks helped out their pitcher by getting an early 1-0 lead. Junior catcher Jacob Schriner knocked in fellow junior Tyler Gentile for the game’s first run with a two-out single in the second inning.
Mount Union tied it up in the fifth when Sean Mohney nailed a two-out single through the left side, bringing in Nick Piotrowski.
After the small surge from Mount Union, the rest of the game belonged to the Blue Streaks. JCU answered back with three runs in the sixth, creating a 4-1 lead. Gentile secured a clutch hit with a two run double to the right, scoring senior Bobby Sabatino and junior David Crowley. Gentile, the JCU designated hitter, scored on Mike Raschilla’s fielder’s choice.
From there, JCU added one in the seventh and eighth innings.
Junior Rob Cifelli scored in the fifth inning due to a Mount Union error, giving JCU a 5-1 advantage.
In the eighth inning, Raschilla and Schriner knocked in back-to-back singles, marking their second run of the game.
Gentile led the way at the plate. The junior finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Schriner added two hits and a pair of RBIs from the catchers spot.
The Blue Streaks continued to roll through the Purple Raiders into the second game of the doubleheader.
JCU gave Doring an early 3-0 lead in the first. Crowley and senior Mark Huddle laced singles through the right side driving in Cifelli and Sabatino. Crowley later scored on a Mount Union error.
JCU held a 4-0 lead until the ninth inning when the Blue Streaks added three more insurance runs, winning the final contest, 7-0.
With the victories, JCU now has an 11-3 record on the year.
Editor’s Note: JCU hosted Hiram College for one game on Wednesday, March 25 at Schweickert Field in University Heights. Head to jcusports.com for a boxscore and full game recap.