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First-Inning Burst Leads Goshen To Split With Mount Vernon Nazarene
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Softball - Tue, Apr. 11, 2017

By Seth Wesman
Sports Information Intern

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — The Goshen College softball team used a 3-run opening inning in the second game of a doubleheader to come away with a split against Crossroads League foe Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday afternoon. The Maple Leafs fell 4-1 in game one, but rebounded to take the day's final game 4-3.

The afternoon began with a scoreless duel through two innings before Mount Vernon Nazarene (13-21, 7-15) scored one run an inning from the third to the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead.

A two-out RBI single by Taylor Sutliff knocked in Brooke Maes in the top of the seventh inning, keeping Goshen (9-17, 6-14) from being shut out.

Alexis Carpenter got the start for the Leafs and allowed a single earned run in five innings of work with a pair of strikeouts before Maes took over. Sandra Rodriguez led the team in hits with two.

Anna Boue pitched a complete game for the Cougars and surrendered a single run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no free passes

Jennifer Kurelic, Sarah Boue and Emily Kauble all drove in runs for MVNU, with Anna Boue scoring the fourth run on a wild throw. Courtney Rengert, Maddie Johnston and Sarah Boue each scored.

After struggling offensively in game one, the Leafs got off to a quick start in game two, scoring thrice in the top of the first. Courtney Crapser and Candace Sutter scored on a double by Rodriguez, who scored the very next at bat when Maes doubled. Mount Vernon got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Rengert scored on Kurelic's sacrifice bunt.

Rodriguez crossed home for the second time in the third inning when Maes doubled to left to extend the Leafs' lead to 4-1.

The Cougars managed to get within a run of Goshen with runs in the fourth and seventh innings, but the Leafs held off Mount Vernon's final charge to claim the victory.

Maes threw all seven innings for Goshen, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits after Carpenter faced the first two batters. Both Maes and Rodriguez drove in two runs while Rodriguez also scored twice to lead all players.

Sarah Boue pitched the complete game for Mount Vernon Nazarene, taking the loss with four runs on five hits. Johnston, Kurelic and Allison Harris drove in a run apiece for the Cougars in the loss.

GC and MVNU leave the doubleheader tied for eighth in the games-back column of the conference standings, although MVNU leads by percentage points because it has played two more games after Goshen's twinbill at Indiana Wesleyan was canceled. Each team plays seven more doubleheaders with six CL schools common to both schedules.

Goshen will be back in action on Friday, visiting Spring Arbor in a conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. before traveling to Taylor for another twinbill at 1 p.m. Saturday