Berry denies Pioneers series sweep with 11-2 setback

Berry denies Pioneers series sweep with 11-2 setback

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Transylvania baseball team's bid for a sweep of the Berry Vikings went the way of the home team, as the Pioneers fell 11-2 in the final game of the three-game series.

An afternoon after the Pioneers handed the Vikings their first series loss of the year with a Saturday doubleheader sweep, the Vikings strutted onto their home diamond at William R. Bowdoin Field with plans for retribution.

Berry pounced on Transylvania in the bottom of the first inning, scoring five runs on three Transylvania errors and three hits. Transy starting pitcher Kameron Schwartz lasted three innings before being retired from the game in place of Matt Birkenhauer.

The third game of the series was a story of opportunities; Berry notched 11 runs on 14 hits, while the Pioneers manufactured just two runs on 13 hits. Six total errors by the Pioneers assisted Berry's march to victory on the afternoon.

Transylvania's offensive charge arrived in the sixth inning when a Kody Ross RBI single scored Connor Blevins from third base, and Rex Rogers scored from second after an error on the relay by Berry's right fielder. With the game still in reach, the Pioneers tried to slice away at a 6-2 deficit in the top of the seventh inning, as two one-out singles by Jared Williams and Hunter Jones put the Pioneers in prime position once again. But a Rogers strikeout and Ross pop fly to end the inning stranded both runners, and Transylvania was unable to get any closer.

Berry put the finishing touches on the game in the bottom of the eighth, plating another five runs due in part to two more Transylvania errors and two hits to grab an 11-2 lead that would stand as the final score.

Transylvania dropped to 4-3 overall as they head home to Lexington where the Pioneers will open up the home portion of their season as they host Spalding at Marquard Field on Tuesday. The Pioneers have won three of their last four games.

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