Anderson takes down Pioneers, 3-2 in series opener

Anderson takes down Pioneers, 3-2 in series opener
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Runs in the seventh and eighth inning propelled Anderson University past the Pioneers, 3-2, Friday at Marquard Field.

The Pioneers' comeback fell short as they stranded the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, dropping the first of a three-game weekend series.

Transylvania got on the board in the home half of the fourth, tying the game at one a piece. Kameron Mason doubled to start the inning for the Pioneers. Pete Travisano then legged out a bunt for an infield hit and gave the Pioneers runners at the corners. Sam Liggett plated the tying run for the Pioneers with a single to left field, scoring Mason as the teams were squared at one.

However, Transylvania could not add any more runs as the inning ended with three consecutive outs.

Anderson regained a 2-1 lead off a RBI single to right center before adding an insurance run in the top half of the eighth on a solo homer from Jacob Craft.

The Pioneers saw their first two batters in the eighth inning go down consecutively, as Liggett stepped in the box. Liggett then took one for the team and the Pioneers were alive. Trey Simpson knocked a clutch single down the left field line giving Transylvania the winning run at the plate. Hunter Jones followed with a single to left field, scoring Liggett narrowing the gap to a single run.

Anderson made a timely pitching change and was able to get a groundball out to end the Pioneer threat. The Pioneers' defense forced Anderson into three straight outs in the ninth, but could not plate the tying run.

Tom Banahan posted a solid performance on the mound, despite the loss. The freshman logged five innings, allowing only three hits and fanned six Anderson batters. Jamie King recorded four innings of relief work, striking out three batters.

Mason and Travisano led the Pioneers, both going 2-for-4 on the day, while Liggett and Jones went 1-for-3 with one RBI each.

The teams face off again tomorrow for a double-header to close the series. First pitch is scheduled for noon with the second game to immediately follow.