Lexington, Ky. – A late-game four-run rally was not enough for the Transylvania baseball team as it dropped a 9-4 decision to the Spalding University Golden Eagles at Marquard Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Rescheduled from Wednesday, March 7 due to impending weather, the game served as Transylvania's 2018 season opener.
Freshman pitcher Colton Hartig got the start in the 2018 home opener and went 2.1 innings before yielding a 2-0 lead to the visiting Eagles. Five different Pioneers pitchers saw work atop the mound, allowing six earned runs over that course of time.
Leading 2-0, Spalding broke the game open in the top of the fourth by scoring four runs on three hits and placing the Pioneers in a 6-0 hole.
The Pioneers' offensive burst came in the bottom of the eighth when their batters put three extra-base hits together. Williams doubled down the right-field line and then scored on a double to center-field by sophomore designated-hitter Austin Butts. Blair completed the scoring frenzy with a booming two-run home run.
Transylvania added another run in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out RBI single from Blair, cutting Spalding's lead to five, but senior outfielder Rex Rogers grounded out to end the game.
The loss drops Transylvania's record to 3-5 on the young season.
The Pioneers will return to action this weekend as they host the Capitol University Crusaders on Saturday, March 10. First pitch between is set for 12:00 p.m. at Marquard Field.
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