RV Taylor Splits Against No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan
UPLAND, Ind. – After a tough outing against Marian on Monday night, the Trojans had another test on Tuesday. This time, Taylor had a different outcome splitting the doubleheader against league rival, Indiana Wesleyan, 8-11 and 6-1.
Following an offensive battle in game one, the Trojans overcame the odds to defeat the Wildcats in the second game.
Lauren Kanai (9-2) picked up the win for Taylor. Kanai, who was a force to be reckoned with, gave up one run on six hits in six innings pitched. She also add four strikeouts to her season total.
In addition to her pitching, Kanai was 2-3 at the plate, hitting a home-run in the bottom of the sixth inning and finishing with two RBIs in game two.
TU’s offense exploded in the third inning, scoring four of its six runs. Courtney Moriarty doubled to deep right-center field, which brought Kristin Mihalic home. Moriarty would score when Hannah Castor singled to center.
Taylor Wilson and Castor both capitalized on an error in the third inning, scoring on a missed catch.
With IWU’s opportunity to win the ball game winding down, Taylor’s defense sat all three batters down via strikeout, ground out and fly out to end the game.
In the first game, catcher, Maria Kihega had her first collegiate career hit, which led to her first RBI when she singled to center bringing Evans home.
Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor traded scoring blows back and forth. With the 5-4 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Trojans allowed three runs that they were not able to get back.
Mihalic and Taylor Wilson were perfect in the batter’s box, both having a multi-hit game.
Moriarty had a two run home-run in the bottom of the fourth, her seventh of the season.
The Purple and Gold would score eight runs on 15 hits in game one.
The Trojans (23-9, 15-5 CL) will be on the road for their next three outings. TU will play Spring Arbor (11-22, 4-17 CL) on April 12, Huntington (11-19, 7-13 CL) on April 13 and Grace (9-23, 5-15 CL) on April 16, before coming home to host Huntington on April 19.