Riney bats, pitches Pioneers to sweep of Earlham

Riney bats, pitches Pioneers to sweep of Earlham
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Zach Riney pitched four hitless innings of relief Saturday and scored the winning run in the 11th inning, helping Transylvania to a 6-5 Heartland Conference win over Earlham at Marquard Field.
 
The Pioneers swept the doubleheader after winning the first game by a count of 4-1. Earlier on Saturday, Transy completed a 15-inning suspended game, dropping a 5-4 decision when Earlham scored the winning run in the bottom of the 15th.
 
Transy is 8-6 overall, 2-1 HCAC, while the Quakers are 5-12, 1-2 HCAC. The three-game set was originally scheduled to be played at Earlham but was moved to Lexington due to poor field conditions in Indiana. Even though the Pioneers hosted the series, Earlham was the home team for all three contests.
 
The result was three games, 35 innings and over 11 hours of play on Friday and Saturday. Transy scored a total of 14 runs while Earlham had 11.
 
Riney’s pitching and bat lifted the Pioneers in the second game of the twin bill. He came on in the seventh and pitched four perfecting innings with one strikeout. In the 11th inning,  he led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Sam Liggett.
 
With two outs, first baseman Pete Travisano punched a ball up the middle to get the game-winner. Elliot Desilets pitched the bottom of the inning to get his second save of the series.
 
Transy starter Blake Oyler also had a strong outing, going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Two of the runs came in after he left the game.
 
Zach Bynum had four hits in the game and Riney had three to go with two RBI. Bynum had a double and triple in the contest.
 
In the first game of the doubleheader, Transy grabbed a 3-0 lead after four innings and the pitching of starter Matt Morgan and reliever Matt Birkenhauer (1-1) made it stand up. Those two combined for eight innings of five-hit, one run ball with three strikeouts and two walks.
 
Desilets pitched the ninth for the save.
 
Liggett, Bynum, and Kameron Mason each had two hits for the Pioneers and Riney added a hit and an RBI to the eight-hit attack.
 
In the suspended game, Morgan started the 12th inning and pitched into the 15th, taking the loss. He allowed three hits and two runs with two strikeouts. Transy took a 4-3 lead in the 13th only to see Earlham tie it in the bottom of the frame and win it with a run in the 15th. The winner scored on a ball that barely eluded the dive of Bynum in centerfield with two outs.
 
Liggett had his first home run of the season in the game. Five different Pioneers had two hits in the game and Shelby Dixon had five innings of two-hit scoreless relief behind starter Jamie King, who went the first six frames, giving up three runs.
 
The Pioneers will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting Centre in a 4:30 p.m. contest at Marquard Field.