Pioneers fall to Spalding,4-1, prepare for critical conference series

Pioneers fall to Spalding,4-1, prepare for critical conference series
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A pinch hit sacrifice fly from Sam Liggett in the eighth inning was the only score for Transylvania, in a 4-1 loss to Spalding University Wednesday at Marquard Field.

Wednesday's match up was the final non-conference game of the season for the Pioneers, as they prepare for a five-game conference stretch to close out the regular season. The Pioneers' final games are crucial, as they vie for a bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Kameron Mason was beaned to lead off the eighth for the Pioneers, before Spencer Miller drew a base on balls as the Pioneers looked to rally from the 4-0 deficit. Senior Pete Travisano came in to pinch hit and knocked a single through the left side of the Eagle defense, loading the bases for Transylvania.

Liggett sent a long, fly ball to right to score Zach Bynum who came in to pinch run for Mason. Bynum's run was the only run the Pioneers could bring home.

The Pioneer (16-17, 10-8 HCAC) defense came up with several big plays on the day, including a double play in the top half of the fourth to keep the Eagles from adding two potential runs.

A Spalding attempt for a squeeze play was denied on at play at the plate thanks to an accurate tag from Gage Beavers. Pitcher Dalton Collett scooped the grounder before relaying to Beavers at the plate. Following the out at the plate, Beavers launched a rope down the third base line for the tag and the second out of the play.

The defense came up big again when a passed ball in the top of the seventh nearly cost the Pioneers another run. But a heads up play from Beavers and Bryce Crader got the out on a close play at the plate to keep it a 4-0 game.

The Eagles plated one in the first capitalizing off a passed ball that scored Matt West from third and held onto the lead for the duration of the game. Jacob Woodruff drove in Korie Vire in the second inning, extending the Eagle lead to 2-0. The Eagles struck again in the seventh on a two RBI single to right field from Derek Ferch.

The Pioneers host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this weekend for a three-game HCAC series. Friday's game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Saturday's first game is slated for noon, with the second game to immediately follow.