Pioneers' bats held in check against Big Red in nonconference doubleheader

Michael Blair at bat

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team came up short in a Saturday doubleheader against the Denison Big Red, falling 5-1 in the opener and 3-0 in game two of the day.

The Pioneers moved to 4-7 after weathering the pair of challenges against Denison, while the Big Red moved to 3-2 after Saturday's slate.

In game one, the Pioneers loaded the bases in the first inning as they looked to prime the offense for the afternoon. After covering the bags with one out, freshman catcher Michael Blair lined a flyout to centerfield that scored senior infielder Jared Williams to put the Pioneers ahead, 1-0. But the Pioneers left three aboard in the inning and the first-inning run stood as the lone score of the game for Transylvania.

Denison manufactured a tying run in the third inning as the Big Red's Sam Frazen scored on a wild pitch, while an RBI triple in the top of the fifth inning gave the visitors the lead for good. Denison tacked on three more runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the final 5-1 margin.

Freshman pitcher Evan Hall took the loss for the Pioneers in a four-inning start. Hall led the Pioneers with four strikeouts in their first outing of the day.

In game two, the Pioneers mustered two hits against Denison's Taylor Perrett, who worked a complete-game outing. Transylvania limited Denison to one-score innings in the second, third, and fourth frames, but could not find the offense response against Perrett.

Transylvania starter, freshman pitcher Nick Craddock registered two strikeouts in his four-inning start versus Denison. Craddock was followed by freshman pitcher Drew Demler, who worked four quality innings of shutout balls against Denison, registering three strikeouts and allowing zero hits.

Williams and sophomore outfielder Riley Willbur each garnered hits in Saturday's second game.

Transylvania returns to Marquard Field next Friday, March 16 to host the Calvin College Knights in a twin bill. First pitch in Lexington is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

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