Late runs from Anderson hand baseball a loss in series finale

Late runs from Anderson hand baseball a loss in series finale

ANDERSON, Ind.—After bringing the score to 3-2 in the middle innings, the Transylvania University baseball team was unable to pull ahead and dropped the series finale to host Anderson University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers failed to score after the fourth inning, and the Ravens of Anderson pulled away.

Transy fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and the lead expanded to 3-0 in the bottom of the third. The Pioneers responded with two in the top of the fourth, cutting into the Raven lead. Outfielder Hunter Jones picked up a one-out walk before second baseman Kody Ross doubled to left, scoring Jones. Catcher Blake Hart singled up the middle to score Ross and bring the deficit to just one run.

Anderson picked up one run in the sixth and two in the seventh to push the lead to 6-2 and Transylvania put just two runners in scoring position over the closing five innings. Aaron Johnson singled in the seventh and stole second with two outs but a fly out left him stranded. Ross picked up another single in the ninth inning and moved to second on a groundout but a fly out and groundout ended the threat.

The Pioneers tallied eight hits in the game but left seven runners on base in the series finale. Ross led Transylvania with three hits as the only Transy player to record multiple hits. Ross and Hart each picked up RBIs in the loss.

Transylvania (11-23, 7-15 HCAC) is back in action tomorrow against Mount St. Joseph in Midland, Ohio at 6:00 p.m. and will face Bluffton University this weekend with a three-game series set for Friday and Saturday.