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#19 Combs, DaltonDoubles #4 Carr, Preston
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Baseball - Wed, May 10, 2017

UPLAND, Ind. — The clock struck midnight on the second-winningest season in Goshen College baseball history at six minutes before 11 p.m. Tuesday night as the Maple Leafs lost to Huntington University and Marian University to become the second-to-last team eliminated from the Crossroads League baseball tournament.

The third-seeded Knights (29-20) scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie before adding insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Goshen (26-31-1), the tournament's seventh seed, got one of those runs back in the fifth on a succession of three singles as Preston Carr knocked in Cody McCoy

Carr's single closed the score to 4-1 with two on and no outs, bringing the tying run to the plate. Marian starter Zack St. Pierre, making his first start of the season as the team played its fourth nine-inning game in two days, retired the next three men in order, turning the runners into two of the nine men left on base in the loss.

GC's other run came in the seventh after McCoy's leadoff triple into the right-field corner. Catcher Anthony Todaro brought him home on a groundout to set the score at 5-2. Singles by Carr and Brad Stoltzfus again brought the tying run to the plate in the third spot in the order, but reliever Matt Burleton retired Vincent Caschera and Clinton Stroble II to end the threat. Neither team posted a hit in the final two innings.

St. Pierre took the win after going 6 1/3 innings with two runs allowed, scattering six hits and striking out eight. Burleton tossed the remaining 2 2/3 frames to earn the save, retiring six straight batters at one point.

Goshen turned to starting pitcher Michael Walker two days after he threw 69 pitches in the tournament opener: the senior allowed one hit through three innings but was lifted after one out and two runs in the fourth, with a third scoring after he left the game. The senior graduates with 243 1/3 career innings pitched, two outs shy of 1971 graduate Marty Gaff for third on Goshen's all-time list, and a school-record 2.26 walks per nine innings.

Colby Malson worked five innings in relief, allowing six hits and two runs, before Travis Grimm retired the game's final two batters. Carr and McCoy led the team with three and two hits respectively, including the team's only two extra-base knocks.

St. Pierre, Henry Fisher and Matt Turk led Marian with two hits each while John O'Malley scored twice and St. Pierre drove in two runs. Five of the Knights' nine hits were doubles.

Earlier in the day, Huntington had knocked off Goshen 21-1 in the winners' bracket championship to earn a berth in Wednesday's tournament championship and send Goshen into the losers' bracket. The Foresters (32-11) scored runs from every spot in the order and posted three innings of at least three runs to cruise to the win.

Goshen's run came in the ninth inning as Cody McCoy singled to right, the last in a series of three hits in the inning, to score Quinlan Armstrong. Those three hits matched the team's total from the first eight innings combined after DJ Moore started the game with six shutout innings. Blake Collins allowed five runs over four frames to take the loss for GC.

Huntington accumulated 18 hits, paced by four from Dalton Combs and three apiece by center fielder Jamar Weaver and first baseman Shea Beauchamp. Beauchamp also led the team with four runs scored and five driven in.

With their wins, Huntington and Marian advance to Wednesday's tournament championship; since Huntington has already sealed an NAIA opening-round berth as the conference's regular-season champion, Marian will get the second berth regardless of the game's outcome.

The two losses bring to an end Goshen's 61st season of varsity baseball: the 2017 team's 26 wins are the most since a school-record 32 in 1995. All-conference selections will be announced in the coming days as the Maple Leafs graduate seven seniors; the schedule for the 2018 season will be announced in October and begin in February.