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Taylor Completes Season Sweep of MVNU

 

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor picked up two more wins on its home turf on Tuesday, knocking off Mount Vernon Nazarene, 16-5 and 4-1, to secure a 10th-straight season with at least 30 victories, while extending its streak at Winterholter Field to 20-straight wins.

 

TU scored early and often in the opener, batting around in the second and third innings to blow the game open. The Trojans collected 10 hits in the two frames, plating seven runners in the second and five more in the third for a commanding, 12-1, cushion.

 

Taylor coasted to the 16-5 win and saw all nine starters collect at least one hit, with six having multi-hit efforts in the 17-hit onslaught. Wyatt Whitman remained locked in with two hits, three runs, three runs batted in, one double and one steal, with Brett Lawson adding a home run among two hits to go with two runs and three RBI. Josh Lane ended with three hits, two runs, three RBI and a stolen base.

 

Matt Patton worked the first four innings of the game to earn the win and improved to 9-3 on the hill for TU this season. Patton joined the 2016 duo of Luke Hunter and Logan Rodgers in reaching the nine-win mark in a single-season and moved to within one win of matching Travis Carsten (2010) for the most wins on the mound under head coach Kyle Gould.

 

Patton also picked up two strikeouts in the outing to improve to 83 on the season, moving to within 10 whiffs of matching Josh DeGraaf’s mark of 93 during the 2014 campaign as the most in a single season during the Gould era.

 

TU jumped on top early in the nightcap as well, using a single run in the second and three in the third for a 4-0 edge. Brett Lawson doubled home Jared Adkins in the second for the game’s first run, before a two-run blast from Targgart capped the third-inning rally and opened the 4-0 lead.

 

Clay Riggins and Mitch Ubelhor made it hold, as the duo combined to limit MVNU (19-18, 8-11 CL) to one run on six hits. Riggins improved to 6-0 by allowing one run on five hits over seven strong innings, with Ubelhor slamming the door with two efficient innings for his second save.

 

Lane added three more hits and made several slick plays at shortstop to finish with five assists in the field. Targgart and Lawson took care of the rest, combining for TU’s three runs batted in on the homer and double.

 

Taylor (31-10, 11-5 CL) will look to stay hot when it travels to Huntington (13-15, 11-3 CL) for a nine-inning tilt on Wednesday. The game is slated for a 6:00 pm start.