After defeating Marian in a nine-inning contest the night before, the Taylor Trojans concluded their weekend series with the Knights on Saturday afternoon, splitting a two-game series. Marian won the first game, 7-6, before the Trojans won the nightcap, 13-4.
Taylor’s offense was potent once again, as the team came away with 10 extra-base hits and a .354 batting average in the two games. Furthermore, the Trojans hit two more home runs, giving them 16 over their last 11 games.
After falling in the opener, the Trojans scored early and often in game two, plating 10 runs in the first four innings. Josh Lane hit his third career home run in the second inning, before TJ Bass gave the Trojans the lead with his first career triple in the third inning.
Miscues in the field allowed Marian to score two runs in the top half of the fourth frame, but Taylor responded with five runs in the bottom half. Nathan Targgart and Christian McGill hit back-to-back doubles to lead the rally.
The Trojans were not threatened again after that, and pinch-hitter Brian Fields added a solo shot in the sixth inning to secure Taylor’s double-digit triumph.
Justin Petit earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing just two earned runs, while Luke Carlson was perfect in relief, striking out four and allowing just one baserunner.
Targgart carried the Taylor offense all afternoon, finishing 5-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI.