RV Taylor Wins Series over Marian, Splits Doubleheader
UPLAND, Ind. – Through the weekend series with Marian, RV Taylor came out on top, taking two of three games after a doubleheader split on Saturday. The Knights snuck by the Trojans in game one by a 7-6 margin before TU came alive with a 13-4 win in game two.
Saturday featured a hot TU (29-13, 9-9 CL) lineup, as the team smacked 10 extra-base hits on the day, while batting .354. The Trojans continued their impressive stretch of home runs, knocking two more for 16 over the last 11 games.
Solid hitting gave Taylor an early lead in game two with 10 runs through the first four innings. Each team logged a two-run homer in the second frame, as Josh Lane grabbed his third career long ball.
The Purple and Gold found their first lead of the day with the first career triple from TJ Bass. The big hit plated a pair before a Marian (19-16, 11-8) error allowed a third Trojan to score.
Mishaps in the field for Taylor helped the Knights get back into the game and close the gap. The TU offense responded quickly with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back doubles from Nathan Targgart and Christian McGill brought home four runs in a five-run inning for the Trojans.
Targgart played a crucial role in the batting order, going five-for-nine on the day with three doubles and four RBI. Throughout the three-game series with Marian, the senior slugged 1.143 with nine RBI.
Pinch-hitter Brian Fields added to a significant Taylor lead with a solo shot in the sixth, as the Trojans cruised to a 13-4 game two victory.
Justin Pettit and Luke Carlson tag-teamed for a great game on the mound. Pettit nabbed his ninth start of the season, delivering five innings with only two earned runs for the win. In relief, Carlson was almost perfect, retiring 11 batters with four strikeouts, while allowing just one baserunner.
TU’s pitching was great against Marian bats but gave up too many free passes in game one of the afternoon. The Knights batted just .174 through the seven inning contest but utilized two doubles and a home run to capitalize on multiple walks.
Taylor got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning of game two with a two-out rally that plated one off of a Lane double.
The TU squad batted through the lineup in the following frame, posting five runs on four hits, one walk and one hit by pitch. Lane tallied his second double of the day in the inning, while adding another RBI.
The Trojans will return to action on Tuesday with a doubleheader at Bethel (9-23, 5-14 CL) beginning at 1:00 pm.