Lexington, Ky. – Hosting the Otterbein University Cardinals on Thursday night at the home of their minor league neighbors, the Transylvania baseball team took an 18-6 loss at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in a nonconference affair.
The Pioneers hosted Otterbein down the street from their customary home venue of Marquard Field on Thursday in the "Battle on Broadway," playing at the minor league stadium of the Single-A Lexington Legends. The night saw plenty of scoring for both sides in an even game before the Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth inning with back-to-back RBI singles to take a two-run lead.
Transylvania responded with a sacrifice fly RBI from sophomore catcher Cole Ratliff in the bottom of the seventh inning to slice Otterbein's lead to 6-5, but the Cardinals erupted for a nine-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach.
The Pioneers moved to 14-13 overall on the season while the Cardinals moved to 17-8 overall on the season.
Thursday's game contained its ebbs and flows over the first half of the evening. Otterbein went on top, 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI single.
Transy answered back in the bottom of the second inning with its largest scoring outburst of the night, plating three runs. Designated hitter Austin Butts reached base with a walk, and freshman catcher Michael Blair moved Butts to third with a one-out double. The Pioneers took advantage of a passed ball to score their first run of the game as Butts sprinted home to tie the game. Sophomore outfielder David McAnelly then drove in Blair and Taylor on a triple to right centerfield for a 3-1 Transylvania lead.
Otterbein reclaimed the lead in the top of the third with another three runs, but Ratliff drew the Pioneers even with the Cardinals in the bottom of the fourth inning on his sacrifice fly RBI.
From that point on, the Cardinals scored 14 more runs in the game, highlighted by a nine-run eighth inning that saw the visitors register five hits and draw four walks to pull away from the Pioneers.
The Cardinals totaled 15 hits on the night to 12 for Transylvania. Jaryd Murphy took the win for Otterbein while Transylvania freshman starting pitcher Colton Hartig took the loss, yielding six earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. The freshman totaled eight strikeouts on the night, one short of his career-high nine in his previous start against Mount St. Joseph.
McAnelly led the Pioneers with a 3-for-4 night and two RBIs; Blair, Taylor, and freshman infielder Henry Molloy each totaled two hits.
Transylvania returns to play on Saturday, venturing to Terre Haute, Indiana to face the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Art Nehf Field.
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