Baseball leads wire-to-wire in series opening win over Rose-Hulman

Baseball leads wire-to-wire in series opening win over Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—After rain delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes, the Transylvania University baseball team came away with a 7-4 win over the Rose-Hulsman Institute of Technology Engineers in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The win came in the first of a three-game series.

The Pioneers got on the board early and often, scoring in each of the first four innings. In the top of the first, outfielder Trey Simpson led off the game with a single before outfielder Hunter Voshell grounded into a fielder's choice to cut Simpson down at second. Outfielder Hunter Jones followed Voshell with a strikeout but a passed ball allowed Voshell to advance to second base and get to scoring position for third baseman Nick Edwards. Edwards singled and an error on the play brought Voshell in to score.

Transy added two more in the top of the second to push their lead to 3-0. Catcher Blake Hart hit a one-out single and moved to second on a balk before first baseman Taylor Henley knocked him in with an RBI triple. A sacrifice fly from shortstop Jared Williams scored Henley and capped the scoring in the frame for the Pioneers. Transylvania added one more in the top of the third when designated Connor Blevins hit his second homerun of the season.

In the fourth, the Pioneers continued to build their lead when Williams hit a one-out single and went first-to-third on a Simpson single. A sacrifice fly from Voshell scored Williams and the Pioneers sat on a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Transylvania would not score again until the seventh inning when they added two more runs. Back-to-back singles from Simpson and Voshell put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt from Jones moved the runners into scoring position, Edwards hit an RBI single to score Simpson and Blevins grounded out to second base, scoring Voshell.

Starting pitcher Braden Johnson scattered 10 hits over 5.2 innings of work, holding Rose-Hulman scoreless over the first five innings. He ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth, allowing three runs before Bryce Crader came in from the bullpen and halted the Engineer rally with a groundball to shortstop. Johnson's day ended with the three runs allowed, and three strikeouts with no walks.

Crader worked an easy seventh, allowing one hit but striking out two and no runs before handing the ball over to Adam Boone for the eighth inning. Boone worked two innings to close the game, facing one over the minimum and striking out two Engineer batters.

At the plate, Simpson had an outstanding day, going 4-for-5 as one of three Pioneers to record multiple hits. Voshell went 2-for-4 and an RBI while Edwards went 2-for-5 and one RBI. Blevins' two RBIs led the all hitters.

Transylvania (7-13, 4-6 HCAC) look to win the series tomorrow as they take on Rose in a doubleheader starting at noon.