Florence, KY – The final road game of the regular season for the Transylvania baseball team went according to form as the Pioneers cruised past the Mount St. Joseph Lions, 6 to 1 at Florence Freedom Field on Wednesday.
The Pioneers put together a true team effort on their way to the tidy victory in the final meeting of their extended three-game series with the Lions. Four different pitchers made appearances, with Transylvania's first two pitchers each going three innings each and making relatively quick work of the battery each faced.
Senior Kameron Schwartz received the start on the mound and cruised through the first inning, retiring all three batters striking them out swinging. Schwartz struck out the first four batters he faced and retired the side in the first two innings.
The Pioneers got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning on a quick burst. After two Pioneers quickly flew out, Kody Ross was hit by a pitch to reach first base, then stole second with Rex Rogers up to bat. Rogers made the Lions pay with his single into the outfield to bring home Ross for a 1-0 lead.
Mt. St. Joseph answered with a run in the bottom of the third, scoring on a sacrifice fly RBI with the bases loaded. But Schwartz and Co. limited the threat and the Lions grounded out into a double play to bring the inning to a close.
Looking ahead to a quick weekend turnaround against Earlham, the Pioneers replaced Schwartz with Tom Banahan who picked up from where Schwartz left off. Other than a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth inning, no Lion found success against Banahan while the Pioneers rebuilt a lead with him on the mound.
Transylvania forged ahead 4 to 1 in the top of the fifth as Jared Williams hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded. A passed ball by Mt. St. Joseph allowed Rex Rogers to dart home from third base for the final run of the inning.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the top of the seventh for the final 6-1 cushion; the visitors took advantage of two lead-off walks followed by a Rogers double that drove in both Ross and Trey Simpson.
The Pioneers improved to 16-16 on the year and 12-8 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings as they stayed in the top four tournament picture. The Lions dropped to 7-14 in conference play and 18-16 overall following the decision.
The Pioneers will conclude their regular season with a two week, seven-game homestand at Marquard Field beginning on Friday as they host HCAC member Earlham College. First pitch for Game One of the three-game series is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
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