Dominant pitching, clutch hitting gives baseball walk-off win over Bluffton

Dominant pitching, clutch hitting gives baseball walk-off win over Bluffton

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A walk-off single in the 12th inning from right fielder Hunter Jones propelled the Transylvania University baseball team to a 3-2 win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Bluffton University. Pitcher Kameron Schwartz picked up his second win of the week, working 1.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Starting pitcher Adam Boone held the Beavers scoreless in the top of the first, using just six pitchers to retire the Bluffton batters in order, bringing Transy to the plate in the bottom of the frame with a chance to take the lead. The Pioneers capitalized, plating two runs to take an early 2-0 lead.

Center fielder Trey Simpson started the inning with a walk, and stole second base and moved to third on an error with one out. Designated hitter Connor Blevins doubled down the left field line to score Simpson for the first run of the inning. Blevins moved to third on a balk but was cut down at home on a fielder's choice. With third baseman Nick Edwards on first, Jones doubled in the left center gap, scoring Edwards for the second run of the inning.

Bluffton responded in the top of the second, scoring two unearned runs. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, a Transylvania error put a runner on first and three straight singles brought runs around to even the score at 2-2.

After the second, Boone settled in and held Bluffton scoreless over the next five innings and did not allow a runner to reach second base. Tom Banahan came in relief of Boone in the eighth and worked held the Beaver offense at bay over 3.2 innings.

Schwartz entered the game with two outs in the top of the 11th with runners on first and second but delivered a clutch pitch, getting a weak groundball to third base and ending the threat. In the bottom of the 12th, left fielder Hunter Voshell led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Rex Rogers. After Edwards drew a one out walk, Jones stepped in and delivered the game-winning hit, singling over the second baseman's head and bringing Voshell in for the winning run.

Transylvania tallied 11 hits in the game with Simpson, Blevins and Jones each notching two. Jones' two RBIs were a game-high. On the mound, Boone went seven strong innings, allowing zero earned runs and striking out five. The bullpen combination of Banahan and Schwartz held the Beavers to just two hits over the final five innings of play to seal the win. Schwartz picked up his second win of the week.

The Pioneers (13-23, 9-15 HCAC) return to action on Saturday to finish the series, playing a doubleheader starting at noon. Transy will celebrate four seniors before the game: Michael Birkenhauer, Edwards, Jamie King and Voshell.