Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's baseball team entered Sunday afternoon's game against the Wabash College Little Giants looking for its third straight win to start the season, but the Little Giants unleashed big offense with a 23-2 victory against the Pioneers at Marquard Field.
Wabash picked up its first win of the season as both sides concluded the opening-weekend series for their respective seasons.
Senior pitcher Bryce Crader took the loss for the Pioneers, who gave up 11 runs to Wabash in the first three innings of play.
While the Pioneers erased sizable leads by Wabash in both of Saturday's victories, the comeback magic was not available on Sunday as the Pioneers got down early and struggled to solve Wabash starting pitcher Michael Herrmann. The Wabash ace went six innings and collected 10 strikeouts against a Transylvania team which had tallied 19 hits in its previous game on Saturday.
Transylvania was held to five hits on Sunday while Wabash amassed 20 hits. The Pioneers' ability to get out of innings was further exacerbated by eight team errors on the afternoon.
Junior infielder Taylor Henley was the offensive leader on Sunday for Transylvania as he went 2-for-3.
One of Transy's five hits was collected by freshman catcher Cole Ratliff, who converted an RBI double in his first career at-bat late in the contest. Also making his career debut was freshman pitcher Collin Johnson, who entered the game in relief of Crader in the third inning and consumed 5 2/3 innings of work, scattering five runs over that stretch while registering four strikeouts.
With its first series in the books, Transylvania now stands at 2-1 as it looks forward to its first road trip of the season next weekend. The Pioneers will venture to Birmingham, Alabama to take on Adrian College Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. matchup against the home team, No. 6 nationally-ranked Birmingham-Southern College. The weekend will also entail a Sunday game in Birmingham versus University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 12:00 p.m.
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