Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team struggled through a grueling day of baseball, as the Pioneers dropped two decisions to the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers at Marquard Field on Saturday afternoon.
Transylvania was led on offense by a trio of Pioneers throughout the day. Junior Blake Hart went 5-for-9 on Saturday with a home run and two RBIs. Freshman Riley Willbur also had an efficient day, as he batted 4-for-8 with two RBIs in the contests, while senior Jared Williams went 4-for-9 with a pair of RBIs.
Senior Tom Banahan started on the mound for the Pioneers in game one turning in four sufficient innings of work that included three strikeouts, three hits, and only two earned runs.
The Pioneer bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning, as a single from freshman Nick Nelson, and a double from Williams scored two Transylvania runs.
However, the Fightin' Engineers' batters would get to the Pioneers' pitching staff over the ensuing innings to the tune of 14 runs. Transylvania was unable to manufacture a response, and the game ended with the score of 14-2 in favor of Rose-Hulman.
Senior Braden Johnson turned in a tremendous pitching performance for the Pioneers in game two of the double header, as he scattered nine hits and two walks over eight innings of work, and struck out eight Rose-Hulman batters.
After falling behind by a run in the first inning, Transylvania took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning by way of a walk and three Pioneer hits.
After allowing Rose-Hulman to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third inning, the Pioneers went on to score a combined four runs in the fourth and fifth innings. This scoring burst was highlighted by a two-run, inside-the-park home run from junior Taylor Henley in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After allowing Rose-Hulman to pull within one run, the Pioneers got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the form of a Hart home run.
However, the Fightin' Engineers came storming back in the top half of the ninth, as they rallied for a three-run inning to upend the Pioneers by the final score of 8-7.
With today's results, the Pioneers' record now drops to 10-14 overall, and 5-6 in HCAC play, while the Fightin' Engineers move to 8-14 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
The Pioneers will complete their weekend series with the Fightin' Engineers when they face each other tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. at Marquard Field.
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