GOSHEN, Ind. – Visiting Spring Arbor University spoiled the home finale for the Goshen College baseball team, winning both ends of a Mid-Central College Conference double header 9-6 and 15-1 Thursday afternoon.
After the Cougars opened the scoring in the top of the third, the Maple Leafs immediately answered with a rally in the bottom half of the frame. Junior Benjamin Kelly led off with a double down the right-field line, however, it was four Spring Arbor errors which led to three runs and a 3-1 Goshen lead.
The visitors pulled one back in the fourth, but it was a five-run outburst in the fifth which changed the game. They had four hits in the inning, which saw three different pitchers toe the rubber for the Leafs.
Down 7-3, Goshen rallied to get back in the contest in the bottom of the sixth. They had three of their four hits in the game in the inning, while also taking advantage of two more Spring Arbor errors (six in the contest) for three runs. The Cougars, though, would tack on two more runs in the seventh for a 9-6 victory, snapping a five-game skid in the process.
Derek Brown, Mark Weist, and Garrett Gordon each had two hits for Spring Arbor, while freshman CJ Talley had an RBI double to lead the Goshen offense against Jerry Ferris who struck out seven in the complete-game victory.
Spring Arbor scored early and often in game two, striking for multiple runs in each of the first three innings. Goshen's lone run of the contest came in the bottom of the third when they had two of their three hits, including an RBI single by senior Garrett Cannizzo. The Cougars got another complete-game effort on the mound, this time from Chris Walerski.
The two teams will finish their four-game series and also conclude conference play on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Spring Arbor (Mich.) Goshen (13-36, 6-28 MCC) has been eliminated from the conference tournament and will conclude the 2012 season with a pair against Holy Cross College at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend on Monday.