Sauget, Ill. – The Transylvania baseball team wrapped up its season-opening series by gaining its first win of the 2019 season in forging a two-game split against the No. 17 Webster University Gorloks on Monday afternoon at GCS Ballpark.
The Pioneers reeled off a thrilling 2-1, 14-inning victory against Webster in Game 1 of the day before Webster salvaged a 4-3 victory in the nightcap.
With the split, the Pioneers' record moves to 1-2 on the young season while Webster improves to 2-1.
Game 1: Transylvania 2, Webster 1 (14 innings)
Transylvania picked up its first win of the season in Game One as the Pioneers sent Colton Hartig to the mound. The sophomore worked six innings, giving up just two hits and allowing a lone run in the bottom of the fourth while striking out five Webster batters.
Trailing the Gorloks 1-0 in the top of the ninth, Michael Blair blasted a solo home run over the right field wall to even the score.
Max Medley earned the first win of his career in his collegiate debut for Transylvania, pitching the final three innings without allowing a Webster run.
Blair was 2-for-6 at the plate to lead Transylvania offensively. The catcher also scored and drove in a run.
Game 2: Webster 4, Transylvania 3
The Pioneers handed the ball to Luke Wilson for the final start of the three-game series. The sophomore scattered five hits over five innings of work while striking out three and allowing four runs.
The Gorloks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but Transylvania responded with a solo home run from Devyn Wilson-Cowan, the first of his career, leveling the score at 1-1 in the top of the third.
Webster's offense came to life over the next two innings as the Gorloks manufactured two runs on two hits over that stretch.
Trailing 3-1, the Pioneers battled back in the top of the sixth. An RBI single from Austin Butts scored Blair. Then, later in the inning, an Isaac Taylor sacrifice fly brought Butts home, trimming the Gorloks lead to 4-3.
However, Transylvania was unable to bring the tying run home over the final three innings, allowing Webster to hang on for the 4-3 victory.
Evan Burnett pitched the final three innings in relief for Transylvania, striking out one and not allowing a run on four hits.
The Pioneers will return to Lexington to host the University of Chicago Maroons for a three-game series this coming weekend. The Pioneers and Maroons will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 2. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. Eastern time at Marquard Field.
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