TU Exits CL Tournament with Narrow Loss to Marian
UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojans saw their season come to a close at Winterholter Field on Tuesday, as the team dropped a low-scoring affair with Marian. TU fought evenly with the Knights for the majority of the game but eventually fell by a 3-0 margin.
Both squads boasted high-level pitching in the afternoon contest, as neither Taylor (38-18, 15-12 CL) nor Marian (28-19, 17-10 CL) scored through the first five frames. TU’s starting hurler, Luke Shively, offered 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and only one run allowed.
On the other side, Marian put the top pitcher in the Crossroads League on the mound. The visitor’s ace entered the day with a league-best 1.30 earned-run average and a .168 opponents’ batting average.
Despite the competition, the Trojans battled at the plate with six base hits on the afternoon. Extending a four-game hitting streak through the tournament, Nick Rusche added a single to the outfield in the sixth inning. The freshman provided consistency at the plate for TU in 2019, leading the team batting .309.
Clay Riggins and Cy Stanley logged the final five outs for Taylor out of the bullpen in hopes to keep the game within reach. The tandem only allowed one hit and two walks without allowing a run.
On the day, the Trojans placed a runner in scoring position twice but was ultimately unable to bring them home, leading to the 3-0 defeat.
The loss brings an end to the careers of Taylor’s seven seniors, Josh Lane, Riggins, Collin Stump, Wyatt Whitman, Nathan Targgart, Cody Tait and Kyle Kelsheimer. The group helped the baseball program to the winningest four-year stretch in TU history, logging 157 wins, including a program-record 44 victories in 2018.
Targgart put together a sensational career for the Trojans, as he became TU’s all-time career leader in hits and doubles this season. As a sophomore in 2017, the first baseman nabbed the program-record for hits and doubles in a single season.
Taylor closes the 2019 campaign at 38-18 overall, with three wins over ranked opponents.