TU Baseball Posts Two Wins at Goshen
GOSHEN, Ind. – The NAIA’s fourth-rated offense continued to roll on Tuesday as Taylor scored 13-2 and 6-5 victories in a doubleheader sweep at Goshen. The Trojans piled up the 19 runs on 22 hits and never trailed in the twinbill.
It was all TU in the opener, as Taylor racked up 13 runs on 14 hits and highlighted the barrage with doubles from Andrew Kennedy, Wyatt Whitman and Nathan Targgart. The Trojans put up crooked numbers in each of the first three frames for an 8-0 spread and added five runs in the sixth to put the game well out of reach.
TU got production all throughout the lineup with two-hit showings from Tanner Watson, Targgart, Whitman, Kennedy, Josh Lane and Josh Pfotenhauer and two runs each from Jared Adkins, Kyle Kelsheimer, Whitman, Kennedy and Lane.
The 13 runs were more than enough for Colin Eggleson (3-0), who needed only 51 pitches to pick up 15 outs while blanking Goshen (19-19, 8-9 CL) through five innings to grab the win. The senior fanned five and allowed only three singles and one walk in the dominant outing.
Brian Fields and Alec Diemer followed Eggleson to the bump, as each tossed one inning to close out the lopsided victory.
The nightcap opened in similar fashion, with Taylor taking a 1-0 lead on a first-inning home run from Watson and pushing the gap to 2-0 on a triple from Whitman and sacrifice fly from Lane in the second. Run-scoring knocks from Targgart and Whitman in the third made it 4-0 and a two-run shot from Pfotenhauer opened a 6-1 cushion in the fourth.
The bats finally cooled off from there, but Logan Rodgers, Brett Lawson and Matt Patton made the six runs hold. Lawson and Patton were clutch out of the bullpen, holding Goshen to a single earned run on three hits over the final 4.2 frames to protect the 6-5 win.
Rodgers opened the game on the hill and limited Goshen to one run on three hits, while striking out four batters in four innings. Lawson (2-0) entered midway through the fifth and picked up the win with 3.2 frames of one-hit ball in relief, before Patton pitched out of a ninth-inning jam to collect his second save.
Targgart extended his hitting streak to 34-straight games with a hit in the contest and Whitman turned in Taylor’s lone multi-hit showing with two knocks. TU collected five extra-base hits in the game, with doubles by Kennedy and Adkins joining the Whitman triple and the blasts from Watson and Pfotenhauer.
Taylor (24-14, 13-4 CL) will take one day off before opening a three-game set at Saint Francis (11-31, 4-13 CL) with a nine-inning game on Thursday at 3:00 pm.