Pitching rules as baseball drops two games to Earlham, 3-2, 3-1

Pitching rules as baseball drops two games to Earlham, 3-2, 3-1

RICHMOND, Ind.—After winning the series opener on Friday, the Transylvania University baseball team dropped two games on Saturday to the Earlham College Quakers in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers lost by scores of 3-2 and 3-1 respectively.

Pitching was the story of the day in both games, as offense came at a premium. The first game saw starting pitcher Jamie King toss eight innings of dominant baseball as he allowed just one earned run and racked up 10 strikeouts. Two unearned runs in the fifth inning propelled Earlham to a 3-1 lead and ultimately the victory. In the series finale, starting pitcher Trey Simpson and reliever Adam Boone combined to throw eight innings of three run baseball and strikeout 10 Quaker batters.

The first game saw the Pioneers tally six hits, led by two each from outfielder Hunter Voshell and first baseman Taylor Henley. Henley and outfielder Hunter Jones picked up the lone RBIs for Transy in the game. The lone Transylvania run in the second game came after outfielder Connor Blevins led off the top of the second with a triple before scoring on a passed ball.

 The Pioneers, trailing 3-1, entered the top of the ninth and threatened to tie the game after getting the tying run to second base and the go-ahead run to the plate. Pinch hitter Jared Williams singled through the left side before another pinch hitter, Rex Rogers, doubled off the left field wall with one out. A strikeout and fly out to right center ended the game.

Transylvania (5-13, 2-6 HCAC) returns to action with a midweek game at Hanover College on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.