Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania baseball team produced timely scoring bursts but the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers used momentum-changing innings of their own to take away a pair of wins against the Pioneers in a Saturday afternoon Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Art Nehf Field.
In the Pioneers' third conference doubleheader of the 2018 season, Transylvania came out swinging to begin the afternoon, scoring the first four runs of the first game. But the Engineers plated 12 unanswered runs, punctuated by an eight-run trek in innings seven and eight to pull away from the Pioneers for a 12-4 victory.
In game two of Saturday's doubleheader, the Pioneers mounted a rally from a 5-1 deficit by scoring two runs in the seventh inning and another in the eighth inning, but the Engineers held on for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader.
Transylvania dropped to 14-15 overall, and 4-4 in HCAC play. Rose-Hulman improved to 10-16 overall, and 5-4 in the conference standings.
In game one, the Pioneers enjoyed a busy first inning as senior outfielder Jared Williams drove in freshman infielder Hudson Chastain and sophomore catcher Cole Ratliff for a 2-0 advantage. Freshman infielder Henry Molloy added another RBI with a base hit into centerfield to score sophomore designated hitter Austin Butts to put the Pioneers ahead, 3-0.
Ratliff kept the momentum going in the top of the second inning with a two-out solo home run to lengthen Transy's lead to 4-0.
But the Engineers answered back with a run in the bottom of the frame, and tied up the game 4-4 in the following inning on back-to-back RBIs, the second of which was a game-tying two-run home run by Rose-Hulman's Ryan Stachowski.
The game remained deadlocked at 4-all until the seventh inning as the Engineers pulled ahead 7-4 on an RBI double from Stachowski and a sacrifice fly RBI by Logan Cody. The Engineers used a five-hit inning in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Freshman starting pitcher Evan Hall was charged with the loss for Transylvania. The freshman worked 6.1 innings, yielding nine hits and collecting a strikeout.
Ratliff led the Pioneers with a 2-for-4 game at the plate while senior infielder Taylor Henley added a double.
The Engineers slowly built a four-run lead in game two before the Pioneers began a late comeback. Rose-Hulman climbed on top, 1-0 in the second inning on a solo home run by Sean Casey. Butts returned the favor for Transy in the top of the fourth on a home run of his own to knot up the game at 1-1.
Rose-Hulman scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim a 3-1 advantage, and replicated another two-run inning in the fifth to pad a 5-1 lead.
Transylvania cut the deficit in half in the top of the seventh inning as sophomore David McAnelly drove in freshman infielder Wade Lopiccolo and freshman catcher Michael Blair on a two-out double to make the score 5-3 in favor of Rose-Hulman.
Henley continued to help chisel away at the deficit in the eighth inning with an RBI double into left centerfield to score Chastain, but the Pioneers could not find the game-tying run.
Chastain and Lopiccolo each went 2-for-3 in game two to provide four of Transylvania's nine hits. Each player also drew a walk.
Transylvania next plays on Saturday, April 21 as the Pioneers host the Anderson University Ravens at Marquard Field in an HCAC doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.
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