Berea, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team produced a split in a Tuesday evening doubleheader against the Berea College Mountaineers, prevailing 4-2 in the opener before falling 5-4 in 11 innings in the nightcap.
Transylvania moved to 14-12 overall as the Pioneers paused from its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule to head south for a doubleheader versus their nonconference neighbors along I-75 in the Mountaineers.
In the opener, the Pioneers broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning to take a go-ahead one-run lead. Transylvania tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning to finish off the Mountaineers, 4-2 for its sixth straight win.
In game two, Transylvania jumped ahead 4-0 after the first four innings but did not score again. The Mountaineers made a late charge, scoring three runs in the sixth and the tying run in the eighth inning before winning the game on a walk-off base hit up the middle in the bottom of the 11th inning with two outs.
Berea kicked off game one with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Transylvania got on the scoreboard and took its first lead of the night in the top of the fourth inning as freshman catcher Cole Ratliff delivered an RBI triple to score freshman infielder Hudson Chastain, and senior infielder Taylor Henley drove in Ratliff on an RBI single to lift the Pioneers to a 2-1 advantage.
Berea evened the game on an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 2-2, but freshman infielder Henry Molloy delivered a sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the seventh inning to score junior outfielder Jason Pastoor for the go-ahead run and a 3-2 Transy lead.
Sophomore pitcher Robert Young picked up his first win of the season in a six-inning effort, registering three strikeouts and allowing four hits. Freshman pitcher Evan Patrick gathered his fourth save of the season as he closed down the Mountaineers in the ninth.
The Pioneers began game two with an offensive explosion as Chastain drove in two runners on a triple into right field for a 2-0 Transy advantage. Ratliff raised the Pioneers' lead to 3-0 on a sacrifice fly RBI that scored Chastain. Transylvania added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Nick Wade.
But the Pioneers did not score again following the fourth inning while Berea heated up in the second half of the game, scoring twice on separate wild pitches, and added another run on an RBI single, all in the sixth inning. The Mountaineers tied up the game, 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI double and the game went into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Berea found the winning run on a two-out RBI single to score a runner from third base for the 5-4 final.
Transylvania returns to play on Thursday as the Pioneers host Otterbein University at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, the minor-league home of the Single-A Lexington Legends at 7:00 p.m.
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