TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—After winning the series opener on Friday night, the Transylvania University baseball team dropped a pair of decisions on Saturday to the home-standing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Engineers by scores of 5-1 and 4-3.
Game one of the afternoon was tight for the first five innings with both offenses failing to get any runs across the board. Starting pitcher Jamie King held the Engineers at bay, allowing just two hits over the first five frames. In the sixth, King allowed the first four Rose-Hulman hitters to reach base before recording an out. After a fly out, two more runners reached base and three runs scored, putting Rose on top 3-0. Bryce Crader came on for the Pioneers in relief and forced a groundball to third base for a double play to end the Engineer threat with the score at 3-0.
Rose-Hulman extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the eighth. The Engineers did not record a hit but two walks, an error and a wild pitch allowed two runs to score. Transylvania picked up one run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single from designated hitter Connor Blevins, but were unable to complete the comeback as they fell 5-1.
The Pioneers tallied just five hits in the game with one each coming from outfielder Trey Simpson, outfielder Hunter Voshell, Blevins, second baseman Kody Ross and shortstop Jared Williams. Simpson recorded the only extra base hit for the Pioneers with a leadoff double in the first and Blevins picked up the lone RBI.
On the mound, three Transylvania pitchers, King, Crader and Ryan Bale, combined to allow just three earned runs on six hits while tallying six strikeouts.
Game two was also a pitcher's duel, as both teams failed to score until the fourth inning. The Pioneers got on the board first in the top of the fourth. Third baseman Nick Edwards and Ross hit back-to-back one-out singles and an error by the centerfielder moved them to second and third. Williams singled to bring Edwards home and catcher Blake Hart hit into a fielder's choice to score Ross, putting Transy on top 2-0.
Rose-Hulman got one back in the bottom of the fifth to draw the score to 3-2, where the score would hold until the bottom of the seventh. In the seventh inning, the Engineers tallied two runs on three hits to take a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Transylvania responded to tie the game up. After a lineout by outfielder Hunter Jones, Simpson doubled before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Edwards reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman and Simpson scored to even the game at 3-3.
Reliever Matt Birkenhauer worked a scoreless bottom of the eighth to send the game into the ninth all tied up. The Pioneers were able to get the go-ahead run to second base in the top of the ninth after first baseman Taylor Henley was hit by a pitch and Voshell singled but they were unable to bring Henley home and went into the bottom of the ninth with the score still 3-3.
After a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth, a wild pitch moved the winning run to third base with one out. A sacrifice fly to deep center field brought the runner home and ended the game 4-3 in favor of the Engineers.
Simpson and Ross recorded two hits each in the game as Transylvania racked up seven hits. Edwards knocked in the only RBI in the game for the Pioneers. On the mound, Simpson went two innings to start the game and allowed just two hits and no runs before being relieved by Tom Banahan, who went 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and striking out four. Adam Boone and Birkenhauer combined to work two innings, allowing one earned run and striking out two.
Transylvania (7-15, 4-8 HCAC) will play host to Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at William A. Marquard Field.