Jones, Blevins power Pioneers to win over Hanover

Jones, Blevins power Pioneers to win over Hanover

HANOVER, Ind.—Outfielder Hunter Jones knocked two home runs out of the park and picked up six RBIs and designated hitter Connor Blevins added a homer of his own as the Transylvania University baseball team powered its way to a 10-3 win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Hanover College on Tuesday.

Transy got off to a quick start, as Jones hit a one-out, two-run long ball in the top of the first inning. Hanover responded in the bottom of the frame with their only three runs of the ballgame after three hits and one Pioneer error.

Entering the top of the second trailing 3-2, catcher Blake Hart singled through the right side with one out to start things off for Transylvania. After a fielder's choice cut Hart down at second base for the second out of the inning, outfielder Trey Simpson hit an infield single before a Hanover error loaded the bases. Jones came to the plate and singled through the left side of the infield to bring around two more runs and put the Pioneers back on top, 4-2.

After being held scoreless in the top of the third, Transylvania added three in the top of the fourth to expand the lead to 7-3. Simpson picked up a one-out single and outfielder Hunter Voshell hit a single to right field, advancing Simpson to third. Simpson scored on a throwing error from Hanover to give Transy their first run of the inning. Jones came to the plate with Voshell standing on second and delivered a deep drive over the left center field fence for his second long ball of the day and his sixth RBI of the game.

The score would hold at 7-3 until the top of the sixth, when Transylvania added three more to build the lead to 10-3. Simpson picked up a single to lead off the inning and Voshell added a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. After a strikeout for the first out of the inning, a wild pitch scored Simpson and moved Voshell to third for third baseman Nick Edwards, who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring the second run of the inning home. Blevins stepped into the box and delivered a home run to dead center field for the third and final run of the inning.

After allowing three runs in the top of the first, the Pioneer pitching staff hunkered down and shut Hanover out over the final eight innings of play. Braden Johnson started the game for Transylvania, allowing four hits and three runs in two innings of work. The bullpen combination of Jamie King, Adam Boone, Tom Banahan and Kameron Schwartz combined to pitch the final seven innings, allowing just two Hanover baserunners. King picked up his first win of the season.

Five Pioneers tallied multiple hits, led by three from Simpson and Jones, while Voshell, Blevins and Hart added two each. Jones' six RBIs were a career-high and two home runs were the first and second of his career.

Transylvania (6-13, 3-6 HCAC) travels to Terre Haute, Ind. this weekend to take on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a three-game conference series. The Pioneers will play one game Friday night at 6:00 p.m. with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday.