Transylvania baseball edged by Webster in season opener on Sunday

Webster 4, Transylvania 1

Sauget, Ill. – The first pitch of the 2019 Transylvania baseball season arrived on Sunday afternoon in a 4-1 victory by the No. 17 Webster University Gorloks over the Pioneers at GCS Ballpark.

The Pioneers ushered in opening weekend on Sunday taking on the number 17 nationally-ranked team in the first of a three-game series which was moved to the St. Louis metropolitan area after the teams were originally scheduled to play in Memphis, Tennessee at Rhodes College. Adverse weather conditions down in Memphis prompted the migration up north where the Pioneers and Gorloks fit in one game on Sunday with a doubleheader to follow on Monday.

When the teams hit the diamond Sunday afternoon, the Pioneers were ready to show off their offensive firepower as they gathered six hits on the day to three for the Gorloks.

Sophomore Jake Schmidt returned to the mound for the Pioneers for the first time since March 16, 2018, making the first start of the season for Transylvania. Schmidt went four innings, fanning a game-high five batters and allowing no hits over that span.

Webster was able to find key runs in the first and third innings on Sunday due to two unearned runs, translating to a 2-0 lead for the home team after three innings.

Transylvania plated its lone run of the day in the top of the fourth inning as Isaac Taylor scored Hudson Chastain on a sacrifice fly RBI, cutting Webster's lead to 2-1.

The Gorloks answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, reaching home plate on one of three Sunday errors by the Pioneers.

Ashton Plymale made his debut for the Pioneers in relief of Schmidt, working two innings while allowing three hits and notching two strikeouts. Robert Young worked the final two innings of the day for the Pioneers, not allowing a hit nor a run, and striking out one.

Riley Willbur led the Pioneers with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Chastain went 1-for-3 at bat with a double while Henry Molloy also provided a double in his season debut.

The Pioneers will continue their series with Webster tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern time from GCS Stadium with a Monday doubleheader.

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