Evans Becomes Single-Season Strikeout Leader in Taylor’s Split with No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan
MARION, Ind. – After another stellar performance in the circle, Maddi Evans (11-3) made history on Friday evening in Marion, becoming Taylor’s (24-12, 12-8 CL) single-season strikeout leader in the Trojans’ 8-1 triumph over No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan (27-5, 16-4 CL) in game one of the second two-game set between the longtime rivals.
The Fairmount, Indiana native recorded her seventh double-digit strikeout effort of the season, and third against ranked or RV opponents, punching out 13 Wildcats to continue her historic junior campaign. Evans now has 163 strikeouts, passing Holly Tomaszewski, who recorded 161 in the 2010 season for the Trojans.
Evans’ trend of strong performances against top-tier competition continued against the Wildcats. Along with her 13 strikeouts, the junior allowed just four hits and two walks in her seventh complete-game outing of the season.
Evans had plenty of support from the offense as the Trojans recorded 10 hits, four of which were for extra bases. Taylor Wilson led the way, finishing with two hits, including her first home run of the campaign, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Ashton Whitman went 2-for-3 from the dish, driving in a pair of runs, while Evans helped her own cause with a hit and two RBI.
After a scoreless first three innings, Taylor opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Lauren Kanai led off the frame with a double to left field, and Kristin Mihalic followed with a single, putting two runners on base with nobody out. Evans took advantage, hitting a two-run single to give the Trojans an early advantage.
After Indiana Wesleyan cut the Trojan lead in half in the bottom of the fourth, Taylor blew the contest open in the fifth, scoring five runs on four hits. Aleyah Rastetter plated Nicole Brindle with a double to left-center field, before coming around to score on a Wilson RBI fielder’s choice. Whitman followed with a single to left-center, plating Mihalic and Wilson, and Caitlyn Grim capped off the rally with a base hit to right, scoring Whitman for the 7-1 advantage.
Wilson added a little more insurance in the top of the seventh, hitting her first round-tripper of the year to left field to secure the victory.
The Trojans scored the first run of the nightcap in the second inning, taking advantage of a pair of Wildcat errors, but the home team plated two runs in the bottom of the third, ultimately securing the 2-1 win.
Whitman recorded the Trojans’ lone RBI in the second contest, while Rastetter, Wilson, Emma West, and Kara Tucker each recorded one hit apiece.
Taylor will be back at Gudakunst Field next Friday, squaring off against Saint Francis (10-18, 8-10 CL) for the second time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm.