Pioneers Leave Runners Aboard, Fall to Hanover 11-8

Pioneers Leave Runners Aboard, Fall to Hanover 11-8
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Pioneers left 11 base runners stranded, as Hanover held on for an 11-8 win over Transylvania Tuesday at Marquard Field.

The Panthers were able to generate the margin of victory, despite both teams posting 13 hits in the contest. Hanover's offense turned one hit into three runs in the top half of the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead over the Pioneers.

Although Transylvania was held scoreless in the home half of the inning, it was only a matter of time before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader in hits and RBIs answered. Kody Ross sent a shot to left for a double, driving in Pete Travisano who was hit by a pitch. Sam Liggett followed with a single to left, driving in Ross and the Pioneers were within one, 3-2. Liggett crossed the plate compliments of a Zach Riney doubled to tie the game at three.

Hanover added two runs in the third and four more in the fourth, as they built a commanding 9-3 lead over the Pioneers.

Riney, again, scored Liggett on a base hit, in the fourth inning, chipping away at the Hanover lead. Transylvania trailed 9-4, before plating three more runs in the sixth from Hanover miscues, allowing the Pioneers to get back in the game.

Ross drew a base on balls to lead-off the inning for Transylvania. The Pioneers also benefitted from a wild pitch, a balk and a hit-by-pitch in the inning. Ross scored on a wild pitch which also advanced Riney and Hunter Jones. Zach Bynum recorded a RBI on a sacrifice to center, which scored Jones, along with Riney on a Hanover error. With six innings gone, the Pioneers trailed, 9-7.

Hanover padded its lead in the seventh with two runs, making it 11-7 in favor of the visitors. The Pioneers crossed the plate for the final time in the eighth, as a Kameron Mason single scored Riney, ending the game 11-8.
Riney ended the day 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Pioneers.

The Pioneers welcome Earlham College to Marquard for the three-game series this weekend. The teams face off Friday at 4:00 p.m. for the first game with a Saturday doubleheader to follow.