Pioneers combine for 25 hits in explosive Saturday doubleheader.

Pioneers combine for 25 hits in explosive Saturday doubleheader.

Lexington, Ky. – After coming up one run short in game one of the weekend series, the Transylvania baseball team came storming back in game two to defeat the John Carroll University Blue Streaks 9-6 at Marquard Field on Saturday afternoon.

Game One

The John Carroll University Blue Streaks entered Saturday's action with a steady peppering of runs over the first five innings to take a 3-1 lead after the first four and a half innings of play.

Each team notched a run in the second inning; the Blue Streaks utilized a bases-loaded RBI single after a pitching error loaded the bases earlier in the inning. Transylvania answered in the bottom of the second inning as junior catcher Blake Hart led off the inning with a solo home run.

The Blue Streaks retook the lead in the third inning with an RBI double, and added another singular run in the fifth inning on a solo home run.

The string of home runs continued as junior shortstop Jared Williams clouted a solo home run into center field to lead off the fifth inning for Transylvania, leading to a 3-2 deficit for the Pioneers. Transylvania worked its way back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning at 3-3; freshman infielder Riley Willbur led off with a single, and a groundout and flyout worked Willbur around the bases. Williams came through with an RBI bunt to bring home Willbur as the Pioneers manufactured their third run of the afternoon.

The Blue Streaks answered back with the most pivotal inning of game one, as they scored three runs in the top of the seventh, including what would prove to be the game-winning run. The Blue Streaks used two hits and a Transylvania error to produce three runs, including a two-out RBI single from center field.

Transylvania continued to nip away at the John Carroll lead, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Freshman infielder David McAnelly keyed the rally with a leadoff triple, while Williams and freshman outfielder Nick Nelson each delivered base hits. McAnelly and Williams would both go on to score for the Pioneers, but a groundout ended hopes of a tying run as two Pioneers were stranded.

Senior pitcher Tom Banahan started the game and worked through six innings, but received a no-decision after registering seven strikeouts and five walks. Adam Boone claimed four strikeouts against zero walks over the final 2.2 innings.

Hart led the Pioneers offensively with a 4-for-4 day at bat along with a walk to go with his home run. Williams matched Hart in hit total with a 4-for-5 showing, two RBIs, two stolen bases, and a home run.

Game Two

The second game of the day got off to a quick start, as John Carroll jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. However, Transylvania responded in the bottom half of the second inning when freshman designated hitter Dakota Cassady led off with a single and later scored on a throwing error.

Transylvania took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third when the Pioneer trio of McAnelly, Wilbur, and junior first baseman Taylor Henley each recorded a hit, resulting in three runs for the home team.

After trading runs with the Blue Streaks in the fourth inning, Transylvania pushed the game out of reach with a dominant fifth inning.  Henley and Wilbur started off the inning with a pair of doubles. Then an RBI single from sophomore outfielder Isaac Taylor and a two-run home run from Williams pushed the Transylvania lead to 9-4 going into the sixth inning.

John Carroll would add on three more runs before senior relief pitcher Adam Boone came into the game in the eighth inning and pitched two scoreless frames, while only giving up one hit en route to his third save of the season.

Offensively the Pioneers were led by Williams, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, and junior first baseman Taylor Henley who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and one RBI in the Pioneers victory.

Braden Johnson earned the win in what was the latest in a slew of strong outings for the senior pitcher from Crestwood, Kentucky. Johnson gave up six runs in six and one-third innings of work, while striking out four batters.

Senior relief pitcher Adam Boone came into the game in the eighth inning and pitched two scoreless frames while only giving up one hit en route to his third save of the season.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Pioneers will take the field against the Blue Streaks in a pivotal game three of their weekend series. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. at Marquard Field. 

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