Cincinnati, OH - Nine games into their conference schedule, the Transylvania baseball team continues to set a solid pace. Their latest victory came Tuesday night as they won for the second time in eight days in the Cincinnati metro against the Mount St. Joseph Lions, 12 to 2.
After needing a furious three-run eighth inning to break a tie and secure a late-game win one week ago at UC Health Stadium, the Pioneers led the Lions wire-to-wire in their second meeting of the season at Midland Field and were never seriously threatened.
Senior leadoff hitter Trey Simpson dazzled again with a 2-for-3 night and added two RBIs to lead the team in that category. Simpson's Pioneers jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings and never looked back.
Head Coach Chris Campbell efficiently utilized three different pitchers in his rotations who all posted solid nights. Middle reliever Adam Boone guided the Pios through the heart of the contest and collected the win for Transylvania, working 4.2 innings as he gave up no runs and posted six strikeouts.
Other starters with multi-hit nights were catcher Gage Beavers who went 2-for-4 with a walk, and third baseman Rex Rogers who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a triple. Rogers, Simpson, Ross, and Taylor Henley each delivered two RBIs against the Lions.
Transylvania continued applying offensive pressure in the second inning when Simpson delivered a two-run single to bring home Hunter Jones and Rogers after Beavers had just scored from third base on a wild pitch.
It was a robust offensive evening for the Pioneers, who scored runs in all innings besides the third, sixth and ninth. One final four-run outburst in the eighth inning sent the Pioneers into the night with a high dose of confidence and a jovial outlook towards the weekend.
As the game crested in favor early of Transylvania, the Pioneers were able to shuttle in six different substitutes who also saw time on the field.
The Pioneers improved to 10-11 on the year and 6-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Transylvania's next test comes in Terre Haute, Indiana beginning this Friday as they visit Rose-Hulman for a three-game series beginning on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. The Pioneers take on Mt. St. Joseph in their final meeting of the regular season on Tuesday, April 26th at Midland Field.
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