Taylor Comes Up Short at IWU

 

MARION, Ind. – The Taylor baseball team suffered a 5-2 loss in a nine-inning affair at Indiana Wesleyan on Monday afternoon, just the second time since 2007 that the Trojans have fallen short against their cross-county rivals.

 

Wyatt Whitman led off the contest with a single and moved into scoring position on the ensuing strikeout, before Tanner Watson’s base knock brought Whitman around to put TU on top, 1-0, halfway through the first inning.

 

The Wildcats (19-9, 5-1 CL) answered with a run of their own in the home half of the frame on an RBI groundout.

 

Cody Tait reached base on a two-out walk in the second inning for the Trojans and came around to score Taylor’s second run of the game on Whitman’s second single in as many innings.

 

In the home-half of the second, IWU had two on with two outs and cleared the bases with a three-run homer, giving the hosts a 4-2 lead.

 

The Wildcats tacked on another run, and TU could not answer the rest of the game, resulting in the 5-2 final.

 

Taylor hit into double plays in the sixth and eighth frames, ending potential scoring opportunities for the Purple and Gold.

 

Whitman led four Trojans with multi-hit games, registering three base-knocks, scoring once and driving in one more. Watson, Andrew Kennedy and Brett Lawson each added two hits apiece in the loss.

 

Taylor (23-8, 3-3 CL) will play two seven-inning games at IWU Tuesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm.