TU Wraps Up Road Trip with Doubleheader Sweep
COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Taylor bats came alive on Saturday, scoring a combined 23 runs through two victories. The doubleheader finished off a three-game road series with Lindsey Wilson, as the Trojans improved to 10-2 on the season.
Nick Rusche began game one with a double, immediately extending his hitting streak to 11 games, before grabbing another hit in game two to move it to 12 games. The extra-base hit helped TU jump ahead with a run in the top of the first.
Lindsey Wilson (3-9) answered with a five-run frame in the bottom of the first inning. Eight-straight batters for the Blue Raiders reached base, stunning the Trojans right off the bat.
Power hitting provided three runs in the second inning, as Ben Kalbaugh homered to start things off, before Brett Lawson kept it rolling with a two-run shot. The rally cut Taylor’s deficit to just one run.
The fourth frame changed the outlook of the competition with six runs coming in for the Trojans. The TU squad took advantage of singles, walks, errors and sacrifice flies to put together an offensive outburst. Jacob Morris notched an important hit in the inning, logging two RBI with two outs.
Noah Huseman handled the pitching for Taylor, overcoming a rough start to pick up the complete game win. Through seven innings, the junior delivered a career-high eight strikeouts in his second win of 2020.
The TU lineup continued to support Huseman through the final frame, giving the team a 13-5 victory.
The second game of the day came down to three big innings from the Purple and Gold. The visiting Trojans recorded all 10 of their runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to nab the 10-6 win.
Lawson provided a pair of clutch hits and a sacrifice fly for five RBI in the contest. The senior was dominant in the doubleheader, going three-for-four with eight RBI and his first homer of the season.
Two of the other scores in game two were knocked in by Kalbaugh, who landed three hits and two runs. The sophomore catcher also had a big day at the plate, recording six hits in back-to-back three-hit efforts.
Kole Barkhaus was the star on the mound with three innings of work in a winning effort. The junior fanned five, while allowing just one hit. The team as a whole struck out 13 batters for a season-high.
Lindsey Wilson loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, threatening a comeback. Cy Stanley stepped in to complete the final three outs and managed to grab the save without giving up a run.
Taylor will return home for a doubleheader on Tuesday, facing off against Defiance at 2:00 pm.