Trojans eliminated from NAIA Tournament

After falling to Hope International University on the first day of the tournament, the Taylor Trojans went 1-1 on Tuesday, defeating Marymount California University, 5-4, before coming up short against the Royals again, 5-3.

With their loss in the second game, the Trojans were eliminated from postseason play.

In the opener against Marymount, the Trojans got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Taylor Wilson reached on a single and Hannah Castor followed with a perfectly executed bunt to put two runners on with one out. After a double steal, Erin Cozad and Kara Tucker hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.

Marymount got one run back in the third, but the Trojans responded with three more runs in the fifth. Cassy Lewis and Olivia Hostetler bunted back-to-back, both getting on base safely, and Lewis later scored after Courtney Moriarty was hit by a pitch. Castor provided even more insurance moments later, hitting a two-run single to right field.

Marymount put together a comeback bid, scoring three runs in the sixth, but they were unable to find the equalizer.

Maddi Evans picked up her fourth win of the season, striking out five batters and giving up three runs in five innings of work. Jessica Doctor closed the game out in the seventh, recording her third save of the season.

In the second game, despite taking an early lead, the Trojans were unable to keep it, as Hope International battled back from a two-run deficit to win the contest, 5-3.

Both of Taylor’s runs came in the third inning. Kayla Britt led off the frame with a solo shot, and Castor recorded another RBI, scoring Evans with a single up the middle.

But the Royals found their offense in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring five runs on five hits to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Cozad scored on an error in the seventh to cut the Royals’ advantage to two runs, but that ended up being the final run of Taylor’s 2019 season.

The Trojans put the finishing touches on another outstanding season, coming away with a record of 36-17.

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