MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Freshman CJ Talley hit a two-out, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning and the Goshen College baseball team salvaged a split with host Bethel College Tuesday afternoon.
The Maple Leafs scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings behind doubles by Benjamin Kelly (RBI knock in fifth) and Zach Vanlandingham (leadoff in sixth before scoring on a walk).
Meanwhile, Goshen starter Caleb Yoder held Bethel to just two runs through seven regulation innings. The Pilots got on the board first with a Drew Eads solo home run in the second and then scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Evan Pulliam.
Senior Andy Swisher and Kelly both singled to get on base, setting up Tally's heroics in the top of the eighth. Suddenly up two, the Leafs had to work to hold on in the bottom half of the frame. A Pulliam double started a rally, which saw one score and the potential tying and winning runs get into scoring position before Yoder was able to get the final two outs on fly balls.
Yoder went all eight innings, earning his first victory of the season, while Vanlandingham, Swisher, and Kelly each had two hits to help Goshen avoid the sweep with a 4-3 win.
Game one was all Maple Leafs early. In the first inning, Goshen got three two-out hits as they rallied for four runs on five hits total. An inning later, they scored three more on four hits, including a two-run double by Garrett Cannizzo.
From there, though, it all went downhill. The hosts scored a single run in the third, three in the fourth, another single tally in the fifth, and then rallied for six in the sixth inning to came from 7-1 down to score 11 unanswered runs.
Arick Armington, Vanlandingham, Swisher, and Yoder all had two hits for the Leafs. Steven Steele was 3-for-4 with three runs, a homer, and four knocked in for the Pilots, while Jordan Long added a grand slam.
Goshen (13-34, 6-26) begins its final Mid-Central College Conference series of the season on Thursday when they host Spring Arbor University.