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Wild Finish Snaps 12-Year Tournament Win Drought
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Baseball - Sun, May 7, 2017

By Seth Wesman
Sports Information Intern

UPLAND, Ind. — The Goshen College baseball team saw a fast start waste away in a furious two-out ninth-inning rally by the second-seeded Taylor Trojans, but the Maple Leafs pushed across a run in extra innings and took the opening game of the Crossroads League Tournament 10-9 in 10 innings Saturday.

Seventh-seeded Goshen (25-29-1, 11-16) got its offense started early as Preston Carr and Brad Stoltzfus scored on Clinton Stroble II's sacrifice fly and Vincent Caschera's RBI single to stake the Maple Leafs to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Jared Adkins ripped a leadoff triple for the Trojans (34-20, 20-7) and scored on Tanner Watson's single to cut the Leafs' lead in half in the bottom of the inning.

Caschera continued his hot start with a two-run shot in the third to increase Goshen's lead to 4-1 before a three-run fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run blast from Carr, gave the Leafs a commanding 7-1 advantage.

Down but not out, the Trojans responded with four runs in the fifth inning to keep the Leafs within sght. Brett Lawson scored when Watson hit into a fielder's choice and Nathan Targgart followed that with a three-run home run to bring the score to 7-5.

Goshen added a pair of insurance runs in the 8th when Spenser Triplett and Carr crossed home plate to give the Leafs a comfortable four-run cushion, which held up into the ninth.

Despite a 2 out RBI single from Taylor's Austin Mettica that cut the deficit to 9-6, Goshen still found itself an out away from taking the win, but getting that outproved to be tricky. Following Mettica's base hit, Sam Wiese doubled to bring the tying run to the plate. Wyatt Whitman then delivered the biggest at bat of the game to that point, a three-run shot over the right-field wall to draw the game back even at 9-9.

Unrattled, the Leafs regrouped and took the lead in the top of the 10th when Carr scored for the fourth time of the afternoon, advancing to home on a wild throw. Taylor would manage to get the tying run into scoring position in the bottom of the inning but the Maple Leafs kept the runner at second and came away with a 10-9 win.

Michael Walker was Goshen's starting pitcher and worked 4 2/3 innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Triplett was the winning pitcher and Colby Malson earned the save with 4 strikeouts in two total innings pitched, including the final two outs in a second stint on the mound.

Caschera drove in a game-high four runs while Carr led the offense in hits and runs scored with four each to go along with a pair of RBIs. Triplett scored twice with Stroble, Brad Stoltzfus and Cody McCoy each driving in a run.

A pair of walks by Caschera were the 85th and 86th of his career, setting a new GC career record. Goshen also set new team single-season marks in hits, doubles and walks.

Matt Patton got the start for the Trojans but Jordan Crabb ended up taking the loss as three errors cost Taylor.

Targgart and Whitman tied for the team lead in RBIs with three apiece, each recording a three-run homer in the loss. Watson drove in a pair and Mettica recorded the Trojans' final RBI as Adkins and Riley Reimschisel each scored twice.

The victory is Goshen's first in the conference tournament, not including play-in contests, since 2005, when a Goshen team coached by Jayson Best trounced Indiana Wesleyan 14-0 in a game also played on May 6. The first-round victory puts the team into the winners bracket of the double-elimination tournament for the first time since 1995.

Goshen also claimed its 25th victory of the season Saturday, matching the 1991 squad for the second-most in school history.

Goshen will return to Taylor on Monday to continue the tournament: the Maple Leafs face third-seeded Marian at noon in the winners bracket. Fourth-year Marian head coach Todd Bacon was an assistant to head coach DeVon Hoffman on the 1995 Goshen team, which set a school record with 32 wins and advanced to NAIA area competition, the equivalent of the modern Opening Round.

Later Monday, Taylor meets Indiana Wesleyan at 3 p.m. in the losers bracket. The winner of the Goshen-Marian game advances to Tuesday's winners bracket final against either Huntington or Mount Vernon Nazarene, while the loser drops into the losers bracket to meet Taylor or IWU at 6 p.m. in an elimination game.