Delaware, OH – The Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops broke loose for double-digit runs against the Transylvania baseball team on Saturday as the Pioneers dropped a pair of 19-2 and 13-4 results at Littick Field in an afternoon weekend doubleheader.
Explosive innings in the third, fourth and seventh innings provided the Bishops with 16 of their 19 runs as the Pioneers could never find traction in the first game of the doubleheader. Ohio Wesleyan outhit the Pioneers 18 to 7 as the Bishops churned through four different pitchers in the Pioneer lineup.
Adam Boone started the game for Transylvania and went three innings, allowing the first five runs on six Ohio Wesleyan hits, along with a walk and a strikeout. Braden Johnson and Daniel Seitzingercombined to work the next four innings, allowing 13 runs and 11 hits.
Ohio Wesleyan's first baseman Devin Van Winkle led the way with five RBIs on 3-for-5 hitting and was joined by catcher Aaron Caputo and second baseman Colin Stolly who each had three hits.
Connor Blevins tried to combat Ohio Wesleyan's full-pronged attack, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in for Transylvania.
Transylvania led off the game with promise as one of Blevins's two hits drove home outfielder Hunter Jones to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the first. But OWU's CJ Tosino smacked a base hit to drive in two Bishop runners for Ohio Wesleyan's first lead of the day at 2-1.
The Bishops resumed the runfest in the third inning as their first base runner came home from third base on a balk by Boone. A sacrifice fly RBI and another runner coming home on a one-out groundout increased OWU's lead to 5-1.
A seven-run inning in the fourth put the game out of reach, and Ohio Wesleyan continued to enjoy their riches with another six-run inning in the seventh. Transylvania posted a lone run in the sixth inning on another Blevins RBI hit to score shortstopJared Williams. With the win well in hand for Ohio Wesleyan, the Pioneers looked ahead to Game two for a different result.
Instead, the Bishops continued right from where they left off in Game one to post another double-digit win over Transylvania, urged on by a pair of four-run outputs in each of the first two innings. Trey Simpson started the second game for Transylvania and could not escape the second inning, knocked out of the game after 1 1/3 innings of work, yielding eight runs, but just four earned in the process off of ten hits.
The first inning was further exacerbated for Transylvania when Ohio Wesleyan scored three of their four runs on two outs after a throwing error by Simpson from the mound, resulting in three runs all being unearned.
On the day, the Pioneers had four errors. Another crucial error was committed by the Pioneers in the following inning when the right fielder Blevins could not secure a fly ball that would have been the second out. Instead, the Bishops scored three more runs in the inning to build an imposing 8-0 lead.
In Game two , Transylvania tried six different pitchers against Ohio Wesleyan, with the final five pitchers allowing just three earned runs and six combined hits. But a 9-0 deficit proved to be too much to overcome and the Bishops had the comfortable cushion necessary to cruise on to a late afternoon victory.
The Pioneers did issue some salvos in the fourth and seventh innings, registering two runs in both frames. A Kody Ross two-RBI double drove home Hunter Jones and Rex Rogers in the fourth inning for Transylvania's first two runs of the game. In the seventh, Kameron Schwartz's groundout with runners on third and second allowed Patrick Draganand Taylor Henley to score after the Bishops' third baseman muffed a throw.
Ross and Dragan, who started at shortstop in Game two led the way for Transylvania offensively with each batting 2-for-4.
The Pioneers gave up 16 hits in Game two, but tried to keep the OWU rotation honest by creating 10 hits of their own. Transylvania committed four total errors while the Bishops made three.
Transylvania drops to 4-8 overall and now look ahead to a midweek Tuesday meeting at Hanover. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.