Lopiccolo blasts first two career homers as Pioneers take last game of series against Thomas More

Devyn Wilson-Cowan at bat

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team wrapped up the "Battle of the Bluegrass" series at Whitaker Bank Ballpark by splitting a pair of games with the Thomas More University Saints on Saturday afternoon.

After falling to the Saints by the final score of 13-7 in game one the Pioneers came storming back to claim a thrilling 8-7 victory in game two.

Leading the way for Transylvania was Wade Lopiccolo, who went 5-for-8 at the plate in the two games with five RBI, two runs, and a stolen base. The sophomore tallied his first two career home runs on Saturday to highlight a memorable performance.

In game one, Thomas More took control of the game by scoring 10 runs in the top of the third.

Transylvania's offense came to life in the bottom of the fourth as Michael Blair hit a single to right field and later scored when Lopiccolo smacked a home run over the left-field wall.

The Saints and Pioneers each added two more runs over the next three innings to push the score to 13-4 in favor of Thomas More.

Then, with two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, Devyn Wilson-Cowan hit a bases-clearing triple into centerfield that cut the final deficit to 13-7 in favor of the Saints.

The Pioneers handed the ball to Robert Young in game two. The junior scattered eight hits and struck out four batters over a season-long 5.1 innings pitched while allowing four earned runs.

Transylvania jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to hits from Blair, Wilson-Cowan, Riley Willbur, and Hudson Chastain, and a sacrifice fly RBI via Jason Pastoor.

A two-run home run from Wilson-Cowan in the bottom of the second pushed Transylvania's lead to 5-0 over the Saints.

However, Thomas More's offense responded by exploding for four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh, giving the Saints a 7-5 lead over the Pioneers.

Wilbur led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk followed by a Chastain single down the left-field line that put two runners on for Transylvania. With two outs, Lopiccolo blasted his second home run of the day over the fence in left field to put the Pioneers ahead 8-7.

With the lead in hand, Max Medley held off the Saints' offense in closing fashion to pick up the victory on the mound. Medley pitched the final three innings of the game for Transylvania, striking out two and not allowing an earned run.

The Pioneers will be back in action on Tuesday, March 26 as they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader against the Earlham College Quakers. First pitch of game one is set for noon on Tuesday at Marquard Field. 

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