LEXINGTON, Ky.—Despite snagging a three-run lead in the second inning, the Transylvania University baseball team was unable to pull out a victory in their home opener on Saturday. The Pioneers lost to John Carroll 7-4.
In the bottom half of the second, junior second baseman Kody Ross ripped a leadoff double down the left field line. After a sacrifice bunt from senior third baseman Nick Edwards, sophomore outfielder Connor Blevins reached base on a John Carroll error and brought Ross in to score for the first run of the ball game. Freshman first baseman Taylor Henley doubled to right center, bringing Blevins around from first to extend the Pioneer lead. An RBI single up the middle two batters later from senior outfielder Hunter Voshell ended the scoring for Transy in the frame as they moved into the third inning up 3-0.
John Carroll responded in the top of the third with two runs of their own before a big fourth inning gave them the lead. In the fourth, three more runs came home as John Carroll took a lead they would keep for the rest of the game.
After two more runs in the top of the sixth for John Carroll, the Pioneers made an attempt at a comeback in the bottom half of the inning with three straight singles from Ross, Edwards and Blevins to open the inning. After the Blevins single scored Ross, Transy looked to extend the rally with two on and no outs but Edwards was picked off second and Henley fouled out before freshman catcher Blake Hart grounded out to end the threat and the inning.
Transylvania got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth after junior infielder Aaron Johnson singled to open the frame and Voshell lined a single up the middle but three straight Pioneer outs ended the game.
The Pioneers tied their season high in hits with 12 but left eight runners on base and were unable to come up with the timely hit needed. Ross, Blevins, Voshell and junior outfielder Hunter Jones each had two hits as the leading hitters for Transylvania and Blevins added a game-high two RBIs for Transy.
On the mound, senior Jamie King picked up the loss despite a strong effort. King struck out five and walked two in 5.2 innings for the Pioneers. Sophomores Bryce Crader and Adam Boone combined to allow just one run and three hits over the final 3.1 innings of play out of the bullpen.
Transylvania falls to 3-5 on the season with the loss. They return to action on Sunday with a doubleheader to finish the series against John Carroll. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.