Baseball earns Saturday split with Franklin College

Baseball earns Saturday split with Franklin College

FRANKLIN, Ind.—Transylvania split a doubleheader against the Franklin College Grizzlies in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday. After winning the first game 9-1, the Pioneers dropped game two on the day 4-2.

The first game started with a bang for Transy as senior outfielder Hunter Voshell hit a one-out homerun to left field to put Transylvania on top 1-0. The Grizzlies responded with their only run of the game in the bottom half to even the game at one.

The score would hold there until the top of the fifth inning. Shortstop Jared Williams led off the inning with a double and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt from outfielder Trey Simpson. After a walk from Voshell, outfielder Hunter Jones hit a sacrifice fly to score Williams and put the Pioneers ahead 2-1.

Transy added two more in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 4-1. Third baseman Nick Edwards walked to open the inning and moved to second base on a groundout to the pitcher. Second baseman Kody Ross popped up for the second out of the inning but first baseman Taylor Henley reached on an error to extend the inning. A wild pitch scored Edwards and moved Henley to second before a two-out double to left center by catcher Blake Hart brought the second run of the inning home for the Pioneers.

In the seventh, Simpson started things off with a triple to left center. Jones hit a sacrifice fly with one out to score Simpson. Edwards came to the plate and was hit by a pitch and stole second to move into scoring position. Designated hitter Connor Blevins drew a walk before Ross hit a double to bring both runners home.

The Pioneers added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to push the lead to 9-1. Simpson led off the inning with a single and stolen base. Voshell walked and Simpson advanced on a wild pitch. With runners on first and third and one out, Voshell stole second and Simpson stole home on the throw to second base. Voshell stole third and Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to score Voshell.

On the mound, starting pitcher Jamie King dominated the Grizzlies, working seven innings and allowing just the single run in the first inning. King pounded the strike zone, walking no Franklin hitters and striking out five. Tom Banahan came on in relief in the eighth inning and worked two perfect innings to close the game, striking out one.

Transy picked up nine hits with two from Simpson and Henley. Jones, Edwards, Ross and Hart each tallied RBIs in the game.

In game two, the Pioneers fell behind in the first inning after the Grizzlies scored one run. Franklin added two in the bottom of the third to make the score 3-0. The Pioneers got two back in the top of the sixth. Hart led off the inning with a walk and Williams was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. Simpson recorded a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. After a balk by the Franklin pitcher scored one run, Voshell lifted a single over the third baseman's head to score the second run of the inning and make the score 3-2. Franklin pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the seventh. The game would remain scoreless for the final two innings and ended with the Grizzlies on top 4-2.

The Pioneers picked up just one hit in the game on Voshell's single. Starting pitcher Adam Boone picked up the loss despite a quality start. He worked 6.2 innings and struck out six, allowing just three earned runs.

Transylvania (9-19, 6-12 HCAC) returns to action on Tuesday in an HCAC matchup against Mount Saint Joseph at 2:30 p.m. The game will take place at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Kansas City Royals' single-A affiliate, the Lexington Legends. Tickets are available at the Legends' box office.