Head Coach Gould Records 500th Career Win in Doubleheader Sweep
UPLAND, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Trojans picked up a pair of non-league wins on Tuesday, as the winningest coach in program history, Kyle Gould, landed his 500th career victory.
In his 15th season at the helm, Gould reached the milestone with a .646 winning percentage at Taylor. Gould has led the Trojans to a 23-6 overall record so far in 2019, as the team holds the most wins in the Crossroads League.
The first three innings looked very similar for Taylor (23-6, 4-2 CL) and Cincinnati-Clermont (7-7) in game one. Both teams grabbed a single hit between the first two innings and then loaded the bases in the third. TU was the team that capitalized on the opportunity, plating a pair on a single from TJ Bass.
After the Cougars posted a run in the top of the fourth, Taylor added two more of its own to extend the advantage to three runs. Noah Huseman carried the relief effort with a scoreless and hitless three innings of work to collect the win. Mitch Ubelhor allowed one run in the final inning but notched his fourth save of the year in the 4-2 victory.
Walks troubled the Trojans in game two, as UCC got on the board early with a three walks in the first inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the initial frame, Brett Lawson responded with his 10th double of the season for two RBIs to give Taylor a 2-1 advantage.
A double from Wyatt Whitman in the third inning helped TU extend its lead to two before the team added three runs in the fourth. Brian Fields opened the rally with a hard hit ball to short and reached by a Cougar error. Pinch running for Fields, Kyle Kelsheimer stole second and third base to put him in position for a sacrifice fly. A single, hit by pitch and walk kept the rally going for another sacrifice fly to score two more Trojans.
Andrew Kennedy shined on the bump in relief, picking up his second win of the season with TU winning by a 6-4 final score. The junior delivered 4.2 innings with only one hit allowed and no earned runs.
No. 20 Taylor will return to league play in its next contest, as the team faces Mount Vernon Nazarene (17-8, 2-1 CL) in a weekend series beginning on Friday at 4:00 pm.