Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team packed everything into the scope of a seven-hour day, forging a doubleheader split against the Depauw University Tigers on Monday at Marquard Field.
After seeing a three-run lead in the ninth inning fade, the Pioneers dropped game one of the doubleheader, 7-5 to the Tigers in 12 innings. Transylvania bounced back with a convincing 7-0 win in the nightcap as darkness descended upon Lexington.
The Pioneers moved to 8-9 overall on the season while the Tigers' record shifted to 2-8.
In game one, the Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Depauw in the first four innings of play using a series of efficient plays along with an RBI from freshman infielder Hudson Chastain in the second inning. In the fourth inning, the Pioneers tacked on two runs when junior outfielder Isaac Taylor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and later scored on a wild pitch.
Transylvania took a 5-2 lead to the top of the ninth inning, but with one out, Depauw's Collin Einertson hit a three-run home run off freshman reliever Evan Patrick to tie up the game at 5-5. The game ventured into extra innings before the Tigers scored two on back-to-back hits to take a 7-5 advantage.
The Pioneers were unable to mount a rally in the bottom of the 12th inning and the Tigers completed the come-from-behind victory.
Sophomore outfielder David McAnelly led the Pioneers with a 3-for-3 game and two walks in the loss. DePauw gathered 13 hits to nine for Transylvania. Starting pitcher Evan Hall went three innings and registered a game-high four strikeouts as the Pioneers used six pitchers in the trek against DePauw.
Despite the bitter game one loss, the Pioneer turned around to unleash more offensive firepower against the Tigers in the second game of the day.
Freshman pitcher Nick Craddock took the mound for Transylvania, working four powerful innings against the Tigers and reeling off five strikeouts against two walks while allowing just one hit.
After two scoreless innings, the Pioneers made their move in the bottom of the third inning.
Taylor smacked a one-out base hit to become the first baserunner of the inning and was joined by senior infielder Jared Williams, who shot a hard hit through the six-hole. Chastain came through with an RBI double to score Taylor, and sophomore designated hitter Austin Butts followed with an RBI double to score Chastain and Williams. Freshman infielder Wade LoPiccolo added another RBI, driving in Butts with a base hit for a 4-0 Transylvania lead.
The Pioneers tacked on one more run in the fifth running and two in the sixth. Freshman pitcher Colton Hartig replaced Craddock in the fifth inning and went the final three frames, also holding the Tigers scoreless while giving up just two hits.
The game came to a close after a predetermined agreement to play seven innings in the second game with daylight waning and the first game of the day lasting four hours and nine minutes. Hartig retired the final batter on a flyout to left field with just minutes before sunset.
Taylor led the Pioneers in the second game with a 2-for-3 night and one RBI.
Transylvania returns to action on Wednesday, March 28 as the Pioneers host the archrival Centre College Colonels at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky for the Battle on Broadway. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the home of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team.
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