MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – In the Goshen College baseball team's first Mid-Central College Conference trip to new member Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the Maple Leafs suffered a 10-3, 11-7 sweep to the Cougars.
After going quietly in the top of the first in game one, Goshen fell behind in the bottom of the inning. Robert Kane singled and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch for a 1-0 MVNU lead.
In the third inning, the Maple Leafs made their run. Sophomore Arick Armington doubled down the left-field line to plate Goshen's first run, while RBIs by Jose Andrade and Garrett Cannizzo helped them build a 3-1 advantage.
That would be all the offense the Leafs could muster, however. The hosts pulled one run back in the bottom of the third, but did not take control of the game until a six-run fifth inning.
Mount Vernon scored its 10 runs on just seven hits taking advantage of seven walks and a hit batter. Cougar starter Kyle Barr went all seven innings, striking out eight and allowing just one earned run on four hits.
The Cougars used the momentum to build a quick 6-0 lead in the nightcap after just three innings. They added a single tally in the sixth before Goshen's offense finally struck.
The first four Maple Leafs reached base in the inning, including an RBI double by Andrade and RBI single by Cannizzo. They rallied for three runs, cutting the gap to 7-3, but the Cougars immediately answered with four more runs in the bottom of the frame.
With rain picking up to a steady downpour, the Leafs rallied again. With one out, seven straight Goshen batters reached base with four runs crossing the plate. They got the potential tying run to the plate before MVNU reliever Seth Eller induced a game-ending double play ball.
Zach Vanlandingham led Goshen with a 2-for-3 game and two runs scored, while Jordan Doherty went 3-for-4 to lead the Cougars. The Leafs used four different pitchers, combining to allowing 11 runs on nine hits.
Goshen (11-28, 4-20 MCC) start a four-game series at Huntington University on Tuesday.