Steady offense steers Pioneers baseball to series-opening win vs. Alma

Trey Medford batting

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team plated runs in four consecutive innings to seize a 5-4 victory over the Alma College Scots on Saturday afternoon at Marquard Field.

Playing a single game on Saturday to precede a Sunday doubleheader, the Pioneers displayed a multifaceted attack in claiming the first game of the series on Saturday. Alma grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first two innings before the Pioneers mustered runs in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings to seize the win.

The Pioneers improved to 3-4 overall while Alma fell to the same record with Saturday's result.

Jake Schmidt made his third start of the season on the mound for the Pioneers and worked into the fourth inning before giving way to Collin Johnson, who eventually gained his second win of the season. Alma notched a run in the top of the first inning on a two-out sacrifice fly RBI and manufactured another in the top of the second off another two-out run, this time an RBI triple.

But Schmidt minimized the offensive output from the Scots while the Pioneers issued their response in the bottom of the second inning.

Transylvania pulled one run back in the bottom of the second as Isaac Taylor got on base and eventually stole second. Trey Medford drove in Taylor on an RBI single up the middle to slice Alma's lead to 2-1.

The Pioneers took the lead in the following inning as Hudson Chastain drove in Riley Willbur with an RBI single and Austin Butts followed with a single to score Chastain, pushing Transylvania's lead to 3-2.

Johnson entered the game with two away in the top of the fourth and proceeded to blank Alma through the seventh inning while the Pioneers added one run apiece in innings four and five. Devyn Wilson-Cowan sprinted home from third on a groundout in the fourth inning while Riley Willbur motored home on a throwing error in the fifth inning to raise Transy's margin to 5-2.

Max Medley came on in relief of Johnson in the eighth inning to earn a six-out save for the first of his career. Alma made one last charge in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs but Medley induced Alma's Jordan Anstandig into the final out of the day.

Chastain led the Pioneers with a 2-for-4 day to continue his season-opening seven-game hitting streak while producing his third multi-hit game of the 2019 campaign. Medford went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Schmidt led the Pioneers with four strikeouts in 3.2 innings, allowing two hits in his appearance.

Taylor stole three of Transylvania's five bases on the day and leads the team with seven on the young season.

The Pioneers will take on Alma in a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 12 Noon Eastern Daylight time at Marquard Field.

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