Baseball splits six games over three double headers

The Goshen College baseball team competed in three double headers over the past week. The Maple Leafs came out of the six games with a 3-3 record.

  • Last Thursday, April 7, Goshen hosted Indiana Wesleyan and won both games by scores of 8-2 and 2-1.
  • The Leafs traveled to Grace the following Saturday, losing the two contests 1-2 and 3-10.
  • Goshen hosted non-conference opponent Purdue University-North Central on Sunday. The Panther Boilers were victorious in the first outing, 11-0, but The Maple Leafs bounced back in the second with an 11-8 win.

On Thursday, against the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats, Goshen was fueled by a pair of outstanding pitching performances by senior Andrew Priem in the first victory and junior Shane Davis in the second.

This was Goshen’s first victory over Indiana Wesleyan in 12 games, their latest win coming on April 8, 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that Goshen has swept a Mid-Central Conference double header.

Goshen continued its strong pitching performances behind the arm of sophomore Spencer Oversen in the first of two games against the Grace College Lancers on Saturday. Goshen drew first blood through Corey Johnson’s RBI single in the fifth inning.

With the game tied 1-1 going into the seventh inning, the Maple Leafs couldn’t put together a run and the Lancers took full advantage. Grace hit a walk-off home run to win the first game 2-1.

In the second outing, Goshen lost any momentum they might have had from their wins earlier in the week. Grace came away with a 10-3 victory, helped along by four Goshen errors.

The next day, the Leafs played host to non-conference opponent Purdue University-North Central. Although they lost the first contest 0-11, Goshen bounced back in the second with an 11-8 victory to split the double header. These games provided Goshen with a break from conference play, after competing in six difficult conference games in the course of seven days.

The Maple Leafs resume conference play today as they go to the University of Saint Francis for a double header at 2 p.m. Then, on Saturday, April 16, Saint Francis come to Goshen for another double header. After the six games over this past week, Goshen is 10-29 (4-10 in conference).

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Written by Matthew Amstutz

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