College baseball: Pioneers rained out in OAC tourney

The second day of the 2013 Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was a near washout after the second and third games of the day were postponed.

The University of Mount Union defeated Otterbein University 4-2 in the morning winner’s bracket game before the rains set in for the remainder of the day. The game between John Carroll University and Marietta College is slated to start at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The winner of the 11 a.m. game will face Otterbein at 2 p.m. Mount Union, undefeated at 2-0 in the tournament, will wait for the winner of the 2 p.m. game.

If either Marietta or John Carroll defeats Otterbein at 2 p.m. the championship game against Mount Union will be at noon on Sunday. If needed, game seven would be played at 3 p.m.

If Otterbein wins the 2 p.m. game on Saturday, the Cardinals would then face Mount Union at 5 p.m. If needed, the final game would be played at noon on Sunday.

Earlier Friday, Mount Union junior Jeff Bennett hit a pinch hit three-run walk off home run as the No. 3 seed Purple Raiders defeated No. 4 seed Otterbein, 4-2 in the semifinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.

It was Bennett’s first home run of the season and it sends Mount Union (22-16) into Sunday’s championship round for the first time since 2002. The Purple Raiders, who won their only tournament title in 1970, are in the title game for the fourth time in school history.

Mount Union trailed 2-1 heading into the ninth as Anthony Morino led off the inning with a single up the middle. Justin Jakubik then tried to bunt him over but it turned into an infield single when the pitcher fell down. After an out, Bennett stepped in and sent the 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for the game winner.

Jakubik and Ricky Olasz each had two hits for the Raiders.

Ryan Sason allowed just one hit over the final 2.1 innings to pick up the win while Sam Clarke had a strong start allowing two runs over the first 6.2 innings.

Otterbein (25-16) closer Dominic Porretta took the loss and it spoiled a brilliant start from starter Wes Meadows, who held Mount Union to a run on five hits over the first seven innings.