GOSHEN, Ind. – Taking the weekend off from Mid-Central College Conference play, head coach Lee Mast and his Maple Leafs hoped to build some momentum heading into the stretch run.
An exhibition win and a walk off victory should provide just that.
Goshen defeated Indiana University South Bend 13-2 in an exhibition contest to start the day before rallying for a 2-1 win over Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saturday morning.
In the only official game, the Maple Leafs got a strong start from freshman Melissa Creek in the circle. The righty gave up just five hits in her five and one-third innings, surrendering just a single run in the top of the sixth.
The Goshen offense stranded two runners in each the second and the third innings before finally breaking through in the fourth. Sophomore Christine Stubblefield got a big two-out hit to short, scoring Devon Ownby for a 1-0 lead.
The score remained there until Saint Mary's tied it in the sixth. An inning later, the Maple Leafs were back at it. Jana Beitler (3-for-3) started the frame with a single. After Melanie Meyer reached on a fielder's choice, she promptly stole second base (her 29th of the year).
The very next batter, sophomore Melissa Hershberger, singled to right and sent Meyer around third to the plate for the game winner. Sophomore Grace Ispas came on in relief of Creek and fired one and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball to earn the win.
In the exhibition, the Maple Leafs scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings, including a six-run third. Meyer and Hershberger each tallied three hits, while Meyer drove in four. Ispas struck out five in four innings of work in the circle.
Next up for Goshen (10-23) is a home MCC double header with Spring Arbor University on Tuesday.