Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania softball team tallied 24 total hits on Saturday as the Pioneers opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a pair of high-scoring victories over the Bluffton University Beavers at Hall Field.
Transylvania commenced its 2018 HCAC schedule with a 13-2 win in five innings and a 9-6 victory in the nightcap.
The two-game sweep improves Transylvania's overall record to 16-4, and 2-0 in HCAC play, while Bluffton falls to 5-14 overall and 0-2 in the HCAC.
Senior pitcher Renae Morton got the start for Transylvania in game one and was dominant from start to finish for her ninth win of the season. Morton scattered four hits, gave up one walk, struck out seven Bluffton batters, and allowed zero earned runs en route to earning the complete game victory.
After Bluffton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a fielding error, Transylvania evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame thanks to an RBI single from senior outfielder Madison Dorsey that scored sophomore catcher Janelle Hynes.
The Pioneers flexed their muscles in the bottom of the second inning as they came soaring back to score six runs to muster total control of the game. The offensive outburst was highlighted by a two-run home run to right field by junior shortstop Brittany Mumford.
Freshman second baseman Cece Wittry extended the Pioneers' lead to 8-1 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Transylvania would go on to add five more runs along the way for the 13-2 final.
The Pioneers sent freshman pitcher Kameron Bowling to the mound in game two. Bowling gave up four runs in four innings of work and picked up the win for Transylvania.
The Beavers struck first offensively and built their lead up to 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning as they showed off their offensive might.
The Pioneers began their comeback in the third inning with an RBI double by Transylvania junior catcher Jessica Powell to cut the Bluffton lead to 4-3.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, senior outfielder Madison Dorsey put Transylvania back in control of the game for good by smashing a three-run double into left field that cleared the bases and hand the Pioneers their first lead of the second game at 6-4.
The Pioneers would add three more insurance runs over the next two inning, extending their lead to 9-4 heading into the seventh inning.
Bluffton continued to fight and scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning, compelling Transylvania to turn to Morton to close out the game. Morton retired the final two batters of the game to seize the 9-6 victory for Transylvania to add a save to her day of work.
Next up for the Pioneers is a trip to Hanover, Indiana for a two-game series with the Hanover College Panthers on Friday, April 6. First pitch between the Pioneers and the Panthers is set for 3:00 p.m. at Kops-Bedel Stadium.
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