Pioneers drop game one to Rose-Hulman 15-12

Pioneers drop game one to Rose-Hulman 15-12
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Pioneers' comeback bid fell short, dropping the first of a three-game weekend series, 15-12, to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Friday at Marquard Field.

Transylvania outscored Rose-Hulman 12-4 over the final four innings. Five of the 12 runs came in the final frame, but the damage was done.

The Pioneers faced a hefty deficit after the Rose-Hulman put up 10 runs in the fifth, but Head Coach Chris Campbell's club did not give up so easily.

With one away and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Zach Bynum delivered a two-RBI double to close in on the Rose-Hulman lead, 15-9. Trey Simpson followed with a RBI single to score Riney, giving the Pioneers runners on the corners and still only one out.

As Bynum stood at third, Simpson swiped second base and rounded third on an erred throw down to second base, allowing Bynum to score. The Pioneers had cut the lead down to four, 15-11.
Kam Mason drove a grounder to second base for a RBI and the Pioneers were down to their last out, falling three runs short of the comeback at 15-12.

Rose-Hulman got on the board first with a single run in the top half of the fourth before both team's offenses got going in the fifth. The Fightin' Engineers plated 10 runs on eight hits en route to the big inning. Donnie Walters drove a two-run homer to start the inning for the visitors, extending their lead to 11-0 before the Pioneers scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.

Suddenly, the Pioneers had two on with no outs as Nick Edwards singled to lead off the inning for the Pioneers and Zach Riney got a free pass to first. Bynum supplied a single to score Edwards and the Pioneers were on the board.

With two on, Mason drove a ground ball to the shortstop, reaching on a fielding error by Rose-Hulman and helping Transylvania to its second run of the inning. The Pioneers trailed 11-2, before the scoreboard quickly read 11-5, following a three-run blast from Kody Ross.

The Fightin' Engineers extended their lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth, holding a 13-5 lead.

A RBI single from Ross was the only score in the home half of the sixth for the Pioneers as they trailed 13-6 after six innings of play.The Pioneer offense added another in the eighth, as Trey Simpson belted a solo homer giving the Pioneers another run, but still trailed 13-7 as Rose-Hulman went on to take game one. 

Ross led Transylvania with a 4-for-6 day at the plate with four RBI. Bynum finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and Simpson added two RBI on two hits.

Both of Saturday's games are crucial as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play winds down. Both teams will try to secure their bids to the HCAC tournament.Saturday's first game is slated for noon with the second game to follow.