The Transylvania baseball team's bid for a series win against Anderson was denied Saturday afternoon, as the Ravens took two games Saturday from the Pioneers to wrap up their series at Brandon Field.
Anderson won in heartbreaking fashion over the Pioneers in the bottom of the ninth inning of game one, prevailing 12 to 11. In the nightcap, Anderson found victory again with another high-scoring result, an 11-9 win.
Transylvania dropped to 7-8 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, and 12-16 overall. Anderson improved to 6-8 in HCAC play, and 12-15 overall.
The first game of Saturday featured a heavy amount of offense for both sides, as Transylvania and Anderson collected 14 hits apiece. The game swayed back and forth as Transylvania enjoyed three runs in the second inning, two runs in the third inning, and four more in the top of the fourth inning to accrue a 9-3 lead.
Anderson issued a sign of things to come on the afternoon when they pounced for five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to suddenly cut Transy's lead to 9-8.
The Ravens claimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run output to go ahead, 10-9. The lead gradually boomeranged back Transylvania's way when junior infielder Rex Rogers smacked a double into center field to score freshman outfielder Riley Willbur, tying the game at 9-9. The Pioneers went ahead again in the top of the ninth, when junior infielder Taylor Henley delivered a clutch two-out single to score sophomore outfielder Isaac Taylor for a 10-9 Pioneers lead.
But Anderson tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an Augdan Wilson RBI, and the Ravens completed the final comeback with a two-out RBI single to end the game in walk-off fashion.
Each team used four pitchers in a game that was dominated by batters. Rogers had a monster game for the Pioneers, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and five RBI. Henley also offered a standout performance for the Pioneers with a 3-for-6 game at the plate, providing a double and an RBI.
Like game one, the second game saw a considerable amount of hits for both sides and the hitting power to accompany it.
Anderson immediately broke out with a big lead, creating an advantage it would hold onto in some form for the rest of the day. The Ravens tabbed a five-run inning to take the early lead on Transylvania.
The Pioneers responded throughout the day with a number of key moments to keep the game within reach. A three-run homer from junior designated hitter Blake Hart cut Anderson's lead to 5-4, but the Ravens continued to plate home runners at a consistent rate throughout the game.
Late in the game, freshman catcher Cole Ratliff blasted another home run for the Pioneers to bring the Pioneers within one run again as they trailed 9-8.
The Ravens tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the frame to surge ahead 11-8.
With opportunities waning for the Pioneers, sophomore outfielder Daniel Seitzinger smacked a home run to Anderson's lead to 11-9. The Pioneers eventually placed the tying run on first base with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but Anderson came up with one final strikeout to come up with the victory.
The Pioneers next return to action on Friday, April 22 as they commence a three-game series against HCAC foe Manchester. That meeting is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start at Marquard Field.
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