Cougars Split MCC Twinbill at Goshen
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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GOSHEN, Ind. (4-12-2012) - The Mount Vernon
Nazarene University baseball team split a
Mid-Central College Conference doubleheader
at Goshen (Ind.) College on Thursday
afternoon as the visiting Cougars won game
one 6-0 and then fell 7-6 in the nightcap.
right-hander Mike Kochheiser (6-0)
(left)tossed his second
shutout of the year in game one as he
limited the Maple Leafs (11-26, 4-18 MCC) to
just five hits and one walk as he tossed
seven strong innings and lowered his
team-leading ERA to 1.69.
the Cougars' offense gave him all the run
support he needed in the top of the third
inning when MVNU (23-13, 14-8 MCC) took a
3-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by sophomore
outfielder Robert Kane, an RBI infield
single by sophomore designated hitter Seth
Eller, and a run-scoring fielder's choice by
sophomore third baseman Jeff Stone.
Eller successfully squeeze bunted a run in
during the top of the fifth inning and
junior shortstop Jordan Doherty added an RBI
double as the Cougars lead grew to 5-0.
Then, in the top of the sixth inning, MVNU
closed out the scoring when senior first
baseman Josh Roberts plated a run on a
fielder's choice to make the final score
Freshman catcher Clint Spencer
paced the offense by going 3-for-3 for the
Cougars, while Roberts and Doherty added a
pair of hits. Arick Armington had two of
Goshen's five hits in the game.
really thought we played a solid game," said
MVNU coach Keith Veale. "Mike went after
their hitters and threw a lot of strikes. We
played good defense throughout the game.
Offensively, we were opportunistic and we
executed a couple bunts that opened up some
scoring in a couple innings. It was a solid
all around game for us."
second game, it was the Maple Leafs turn to
take the early lead as Goshen scored once in
the bottom of the second inning and three
times in the bottom of the third inning to
take a 4-0 lead.
MVNU took advantage
of a pair of errors in the top of the fourth
inning to score a run, and the Cougars
closed the gap to 4-2 in the top of the
fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
Down to its last at bat, MVNU rallied to
score four runs in the top of the seventh
inning to take a 6-4 lead. Eller had a
sacrifice fly to get things started, and
Stone and freshman outfielder Jake Dickerson
each added an RBI single.
the bottom of the seventh inning, the
Cougars were unable to close things out or
even record an out for that matter as MVNU
committed a pair of errors that helped allow
Goshen to score three times and post a 7-6
Darren Athey started for the Cougars and
lasted just 2.2 innings as he gave up seven
hits, one walk, and four runs with one
strikeout. Freshman lefty Cameron Juhasz
tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to allow MVNU
the chance to come back as he allowed just
two hits and struck out three batters.
Senior right-hander Jeff Estep (2-2) took
the loss as he worked one-plus inning and
surrendered three hits, two walks, and three
Matt Austin started and worked
5.1 innings and allowed three hits, three
walks, and two runs with one strikeout.
Paxson Miller tossed the final 1.2 innings
and earned the win for the Maple Leafs
despite giving up four hits and four runs.
Stone and freshman outfielder Kenny
McCambridge led the Cougars with two hits
apiece, while Goshen was led by Zach
Vanlandingham, who went 3-for-3. Jose
Andrade, CJ Talley, and Josh Schlabach also
collected two hits apiece for the Maple
"We had a difficult time
staying disciplined at the plate against
(Austin) who was a soft thrower and changed
speeds a little," said Veale. "Darren got
into trouble in the third inning and we
found ourselves down early. We pecked away
until the seventh inning when we scored four
big runs and took the lead. Unfortunately,
we broke down defensively in the bottom of
the inning to allow them to put some hits
together and get the win. As sharp as we
were defensively in game one, we were
probably as equally sloppy in game two. But,
there is no time to hang our heads because
the conference games keep coming."
MVNU will return to action on Saturday at 1
p.m. when the Cougars will host Goshen in
another MCC doubleheader.