North Manchester, Ind. – The Transylvania baseball team dropped a 15-5 result to the Manchester University Spartans in the final game of their three game weekend series at James Gratz Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, Transylvania now holds a record of 13-19 overall, and 8-11 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with eight games remaining in the regular season.
Offensively the Pioneers were led by freshman catcher Cole Ratliff, who went 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of singles and an RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Daniel Seitzinger turned in a strong performance as he scattered seven hits and four earned runs over six innings of work in the loss.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first, the Pioneers steadied themselves to post four consecutive innings of scoreless baseball before the Spartans added three more runs in the top of the sixth inning, pushing the score to 5-0 in favor of Manchester.
The Pioneers were able to get some offense going when freshman first baseman Dakota Cassady hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-3.
The Spartans roughed up the Pioneers bullpen in the top of the eighth inning, as they were able to push 10 runs across the plate.
Transylvania responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs on three hits. However, the game came to a close as the Pioneers trailed by 10 runs after eight innings of play.
Up next, the Pioneers will return home to face the Mt. St. Joseph College Lions on Tuesday night, April 25. The game will serve as Transylvania's senior night, with a ceremony slated to take place just prior to the 4:15 first pitch at Marquard Field.
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