Taylor Sweeps Indiana Tech in Non-League Tilt
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In its final non-League series of the season, Taylor (26-12, 12-8 CL) recorded a pair of victories, shutting out Indiana Tech 5-0 in the opener before coming away with a 5-3 triumph in the nightcap. With the wins, the Trojans improved to 14-4 against non-Crossroads League opponents in the 2021 campaign.
In game one, Taylor’s new single-season strikeout leader Maddi Evans (12-3) was once again on her game, putting together another tremendous performance in the circle. The Fairmount, Indiana native finished with eight strikeouts in her 12th win, allowing only one Warrior to reach third base.
Taylor Wilson led the offense in the opener, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles, while Evans also drove in a pair of runs. Kristin Mihalic went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two walks, while Lauren Kanai added a double.
After a scoreless first frame, the Trojans took a lead they would not relinquish in the top of the second. After Kristin Mihalic reached on a one-out walk, Wilson continued her recent offensive tear, plating pinch runner Nicole Brindle with a single to right field to give the Trojans an early 1-0 advantage. Evans gave herself a little cushion later in the frame, scoring Wilson on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Emma West led off the fifth inning with a bunt single and scored later in the frame, before the Trojans added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Back-to-back doubles from Kanai and Mihalic increased Taylor’s lead to 4-0, before Wilson capped off the scoring with her second RBI single to right field.
The Trojans got on the board early in the nightcap as Kanai scored West with a base hit for the 1-0 lead, but the Warriors (11-17, 1-5 WHAC) responded with their first two runs of the evening to take a 2-1 advantage into the second frame.
However, Taylor answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third, regaining the lead for good in the process. Ashton Whitman scored Evans, who reached on an error, with an RBI single, and West followed with a run-scoring single of her own to increase Taylor’s advantage to 3-2.
West and Kara Tucker added two more runs in the fifth, both hitting singles to lead off the frame before scoring on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch and a bases loaded walk, respectively.
Kanai (10-6) collected her 10th victory of the season, striking out four in five efficient innings of work. Additionally, Cassy Lewis recorded her seventh save, closing the contest with two scoreless innings.
Taylor will be back at Gudakunst Field on 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.