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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Freshman pitcher Duncan Patterson silenced a potent Indiana Wesleyan University offense Saturday, tossing a complete game shutout to lead the Spring Arbor University baseball team to a 3-0 win in its Crossroads League Tournament opener.
Patterson was dominant on the mound surrendering just two hits while fanning seven batters. After issuing a walk to the leadoff batter in the top of the sixth inning, the right-hander retired the next 11 straight to record his second shutout of the season.
The contest also marked the final home game in the Hall of Fame career of head coach Sam Riggleman. Prior to the game, the Cougars honored the longtime skipper, who is set to retire at the end of the season, for his years of service at SAU and the investment he has made into the lives of so many young men.
The Spring Arbor offense threatened early and often against sixth-seeded Indiana Wesleyan (32-23, 14-14 CL), leaving a runner in scoring position in the first inning and having a runner thrown out at the plate to end the second. The Cougars were finally able to breakthrough, though, in the third when Jeremiah Johnson ripped a two-out single into left field to drive in Francisco Ondina.
That was how the score stayed until the seventh when the Cougars got more clutch hitting from Chris Triplett and Conner Lengerich. Adam Rojas led off the frame with a base hit. Nick Harris followed with a sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Jack Driscoll into scoring position. Two batters later, Triplett delivered a two-out RBI hit into right-center field. After stealing second, Triplett would come around to score on a single by Lengerich.
Triplett finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate and stole two bases. Harris also posted a multi-hit game going a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish.
Third-seeded Spring Arbor (19-20, 13-9 CL) will take on second-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University (34-16, 15-7 CL) on Monday, May 9 at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.