In their last road trip of the 2019 regular season, the Taylor Trojans split their two-game series with the University of Saint Francis Cougars, falling in the first game, 3-2, before rebounding for a 4-0 triumph in the second contest.
With their victory in the nightcap, the Trojans tied their 2018 win record with 32 victories – the fourth most overall wins for Taylor softball in a single season.
In the opener, the Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Lauren Kanai home run, but the Cougars responded with three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings, holding that slight advantage the rest of the way.
In the sixth inning, Taylor Wilson scored Courtney Moriarty on an RBI triple, cutting the Cougars’ lead to one run, but the Trojans were unable to score the equalizer.
The first five innings of the second contest were defined by defense, as both teams were held scoreless.
But the Trojans were able to take control of the game in the sixth inning, scoring three runs. Maddi Evans scored on a Cougar error, while Kanai plated Wilson and Erin Cozad with a two-run double.
Kristin Mihalic added an RBI double in the top of the seventh inning to cap off the scoring.
Evans (2-1) picked up her second win of the season, giving up just four hits while striking out four in a complete-game effort.