Pioneers baseball outscored by UW-Oshkosh and John Carroll in hit-heavy Sunday

DWC at bat

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team wrapped up a stretch of seven games in seven days with a pair of losses to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans and the John Carroll University Blue Streaks at Marquard Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Pioneers opened the day with a 10-3 loss to Wisconsin-Oshkosh before battling the Blue Streaks to an 11-8 final that went in favor of John Carroll.

Despite the losses, the Transylvania bats were potent throughout the day. The Pioneers, who are now 6-9 on the season, combined for 19 hits in the pair of losses.

Leading the way for Transylvania was Hudson Chastain, who went 5-for-10 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored on Sunday. With hits in each game, the sophomore has now recorded a hit in 15 straight games, extending his overall hitting streak to 22 games dating back to last season.

In game one, the Titans jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the third inning before the Pioneers responded with a sacrifice fly RBI from Austin Butts that scored Michael Blair in the bottom half of the frame.

By the seventh inning, Wisconsin-Oshkosh had extended its lead out to 10-1. Transylvania ended the game with an RBI double from Riley Willbur in the seventh and a Chastain RBI single in the ninth that cut the final deficit to 10-3 in favor of the Titans.

In game two, the Pioneers sent Collin Johnson to the mound to face John Carroll. The junior turned in his best effort of the young season, pitching a season-high six innings, scattering seven hits and recording three strikeouts against just two earned runs.

Trailing John Carroll 2-0 in the fifth, Chastain smacked a two-run double into centerfield that evened the score at 2-2. Later in the inning, Chastain stole home to put the Pioneers ahead 3-2.

The Blue Streaks came storming back to score seven runs in the top of the seventh, retaking the lead at 9-3. Back-to-back doubles by Blair and Nick Nelson in the bottom of the inning helped plate three runs to cut the deficit to 9-6.

After John Carroll tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the eighth, the Pioneers fought back once more, this time with an RBI single from Chastain that scored Wade Lopiccolo, and an RBI from Blair that scored Devyn Wilson-Cowan to reduce John Carroll's advantage to 11-8.

Trailing the Blue Streaks by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Pioneers attempted another thrilling comeback, loading the bases with just one out. However, John Carroll retired two straight Pioneers to escape with the 11-8 victory.

Up next, the Pioneers will begin a three-game series with the Thomas More University Saints on Friday, March 22. Transylvania will host the Saints at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, the home of the Class-A Lexington Legends, in downtown Lexington. First pitch of game one is set for 7:00 p.m., with a matinee doubleheader to follow on Saturday afternoon.

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