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Patton's 1-hitter leads Taylor baseball in sweep

Taylor moved to 11-1 at home this season with 4-0 and 10-1 wins over Viterbo. Matt Patton highlighted the sweep by tossing a one-hit shutout in the opener.

Patton was in total control throughout the seven-inning affair, needing only 87 pitches to record 21 outs. He carried a perfect game into the fourth before allowing a a soft single to center field. Patton then retired the final 10 hitters in order. He totaled eight strikeouts, 10 ground ball outs and three infield pop outs to improve to 5-1 with a 0.67 ERA.

The Trojans gave Patton all the support he would need in the first when Brett Lawson doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly from Tanner Watson. TU picked up two more runs in the third and another in the fifth.

Tucker Waddups (3-2) battled his control in the nightcap, but escaped jams in the third and fourth innings before got on the board in the fifth.

Taylor stole eight bases on attempts with Christian McGill and Jared Adkins stealing two bags each.

The Trojans built a 4-0 cushion, before blowing the game open with a six-run fifth.

Nathan Targgart collected three hits with two doubles.

Taylor (17-5) will host Oakland City on today at noon for a pair of seven-inning contests.

College softball

IWU moves to 17-1

No. 10-ranked Indiana Wesleyan softball moved to 17-1 on Thursday, defeating Mount Marty (S.D.) 5-1 and Siena Heights (Mich.) 8-3 on its Spring Break trip in Arizona. The Wildcats have allowed just 15 runs in their last seven games while scoring 59 of their own.

The final day of the Tucson Invitational Games is tomorrow.

Carlie Weaver pitched a two-hitter against Mount Marty and struck out four. Kira Madl was 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Kelsey Kooistra and Rebecca Schrad each had two hits.

McKenzey Ridge also pitched a complete game, allowing Siena Heights one run on six hits and struck out three. Madl was 4-for-4 with two doubles and Kooistra and Hannah Eiler each had two hits.

Indiana Wesleyan wrapped up its trip Friday against Presentation College (S.D.), Fisher College (Mass.) and No. 11 Saint Francis (Ill.).

Men’s tennis

Wildcats win two more

No. 25-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University earned wins over Southeastern (Fla.) and Warner (Fla.) on Thursday as the Spring Break marathon trip nears its end. IWU (21-2) has one last match today against No. 9 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.).

The ‘Cats defeated Southeastern 5-0 behind a doubles sweep by No. 1: Eli Steiner and Grant Yager (8-2), No. 2 Gavin White and Jacob Rankin (8-3) and No. 3: Joel Montgomer and Austin Christner (8-5). Montgomery then won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Rankin won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to clinch the meet.

IWU followed with a 5-2 victory over Warner behind another doubles sweep. Steiner and Yager won 8-5; White and Rankin won 8-3, and Montgomery and Christner won 8-6. The clinching points came from Steiner at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-1) and Rankin with a three-set win at No. 4 singles (7-5, 0-6, 6-2). 

Women’s tennis

IWU off to 23-0 start

No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan University women’s tennis defeated Southeastern (Fla.) and Warner (Fla.) Thursday in Florida, and the 23-0 start to the season is the best since IWU won 23 straight to open the 2008-09 season.

The Wildcats blanked Southeastern 6-0 and had a doubles sweep with No. 1 Alex Mella and Lizzie Bauss (8-3); No. 2 Marissa Klein and Thewuni Devaraja (8-1), and No. 3 Laura Moore and Becky Scurt (8-0). Singles winners were Moor at No. 4 (6-0, 6-2), Scurt at No. 5 (6-1, 6-0) and No. 6 Sabrina Porter (6-0, 6-1).

IWU also shut down Warner 6-0 and the meet started with Mella and Bauss (8-0), Klein and Devaraja (8-1) and Moore and Scurt (8-0) sweeping doubles matches. Mella added a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles, and Klein won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 and Scurt won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 to clinch the meet.

The ‘Cats play 12th-ranked Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 9 a.m. today.