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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

By Seth Wesman
Sports Information Intern

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Maple Leafs baseball team made a statement with a 4-3 win over the 24th-ranked Foresters of Huntington University in the first game of an Arbor Day doubleheader Friday afternoon, but Huntington charged back for a 16-2 victory in game two.

Goshen (23-26-1, 11-15) got the offense started in game one, striking in the bottom of the first inning after Preston Carr reached on an error and came around to score on Vincent Caschera's two-out RBI single. Huntington (28-11, 21-5) responded in the top of the second as a wild throw and a triple netted the Foresters a pair of runs for a 2-1 lead.

The seesaw battle continued as Brad Stoltzfus tied the game for the Maple Leafs in the third with a home run to left-center before an RBI double in the fourth by Quinlan Armstrong and a run-scoring single by Carr in the fifth stretched the lead to 4-2.

Michael Crowley got the Foresters within a run in the sixth when his shot to deep left cleared the fence for a solo home run, but that was as close as Huntington would get: the Maple Leafs  were able to strand the tying run on third in the top of the seventh and grab the win.

Michael Walker got the start and the win for Goshen as he delivered 5 1/3 innings of work with three runs on eight hits and a pair of strikeouts before Travis Grimm finished the sixth inning. Colby Malson worked the final inning, collecting his third save of the season: he is the seventh player in school history and third in the last two seasons to save three games in a year.

Stoltzfus, Carr, Caschera and Armstrong each drove in runs with Armstrong collecting a team-high two hits.

Huntington's Tanner Wyse got the start and went 5 1/3 innings before Tarrin Beachy finished the game. Wyse allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out eight Leafs. Crowley and Dylan Henricks drove in their team's only earned runs as TJ Lindstrand scored on an error in the second.

Game two saw a reversal of fortunes for each team as the Foresters' bats jumped on the Leafs' pitching early and often. By the time Goshen was able to find the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, Huntington had staked itself to a 10-0 lead.

The Maple Leafs got their final run when Kody McGuire singled home Brad Lantz in the sixth inning to make it a 11-2 game, but Huntington pounded the final nail into the coffin with a five-run outburst in the eighth inning to trigger the mercy rule.

Clinton Stroble II went 1 for 3 at the plate in game two: his sixth-inning leadoff single was his 65th hit of the season, tying former Maple Leaf coach and administrator Josh Keister for the most in GC history.

Braedon Evans got the start for the Leafs, striking out a pair before Goshen's bullpen took over in the third inning. McGuire and Cody McCoy each drove in runs as Lantz and McGuire scored a run apiece.

Mason Shinabery got the starting nod for Huntington and allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work. Tarrin Beachy pitched the final two innings in relief.

Adam Roser drove in a game-high five runs on four hits as Will Coursen-Carr delivered a pair of long balls. Coursen-Carr and Tyler Zimske had a pair of RBIs with Zimske ripping a two-run shot in the second. Coursen-Carr scored four times in the victory to lead all players.

The win in game one was Goshen's 23rd of the season, breaking a tie with the 1994 team for the fourth-most in school history, and the 11th CL victory of the season, matching last year's total in three fewer games. More importantly in the short term, the win clinched Goshen a spot in the conference tournament; the team can finish no worse than seventh when the season finishes Tuesday.

Saturday's series finale, which was to double as Senior Day, has been postponed due to rain in the forecast. Goshen and Huntington will now finish their series at 4 p.m. Monday.