GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College baseball team swept its first home doubleheader of the season on Thursday, avenging a pair of losses to Cleary University on February 26 with identical 7-3 victories
Goshen (9-8) struck first in game one with a run in the first before Cleary (3-11-1) tied the score with a run in the third. The dam burst for Cleary in the bottom of the fourth when Goshen broke the game open with a six-run frame. The Cougars scraped together a pair of runs in the sixth inning to cut Goshen's lead to 7-3 but the Leafs were able to keep Cleary from getting any closer.
Braedon Evans got the start on the hill for Goshen, surrendering 3 runs with 1 earned on 5 hits and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings of work, marking the first time in his collegiate career that he did not go the distance. Travis Grimm pitched the final inning for the Maple Leafs and posted a strikeout. Preston Carr and Vincent Caschera each drove in a team-high 2 RBIs with Carr leading the team with a pair of runs scored. Brad Stoltzfus, Clinton Stroble II and Spenser Triplett knocked in a run apiece.
Cleary's Rhett Holwerda took the loss while giving up 6 runs on 7 hits through 3 1/3 innings pitched. Payton Tindall threw the final 2 2/3 innings for the Cougars and allowed 1 run on 2 hits. John Grable and Reid Beffrey each drove in a run for Cleary and each crossed home plate once to tie Mickey Montpas for the team lead.
Game two saw the Leafs jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first with an added insurance run in the third. Goshen put the game out of reach with a four run fifth inning to take extend their lead which would hold up despite Cleary getting three runs back in the sixth.
Blake Collins threw 6 innings for Goshen, allowing 1 run earned and 3 runs total on 7 hits. Triplett would pitch the final inning with each pitcher recording a single strikeout. Stroble led the offense with 3 RBIs as Carr, Stoltzfus, Caschera and Ryan Hartig each drove in a run. Stoltzfus scored a team-high 2 runs with 5 other Leafs scoring one time each.
Ryan Schaffer went 4 1/3 innings for Cleary and allowed 6 runs on 5 hits before giving way to Badih Jawad who pitched the final 1 ⅔ innings. Beffrey, Brady Haba and Jordan Hadley all drove in a run for the Cougars with Luke Bunting, Jordan Leyder and Zack Schuster all scoring a run.
The victories are Goshen's seventh and eighth in a row over the past 11 days, marking the first eight-game winning streak in the Maple Leafs' 61-year history of intercollegiate baseball.
The Maple Leafs will be back in action Tuesday afternoon, hosting Lourdes University in a doubleheader at 2 p.m., weather permitting.