Transylvania’s Isaac Taylor headlines All-HCAC 2018 award-winners for Transylvania baseball

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Greenwood, Ind. – Transylvania baseball junior outfielder Isaac Taylor has been selected to the All-HCAC Second Team for baseball, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Taylor, a junior from Lexington, Kentucky (Dunbar HS), was one of three Pioneers to achieve postseason honors after leading the Pioneers to a four-game improvement in the 2018 season. In addition to leading the Pioneers in batting average, Taylor enjoyed a record-setting season with his base-stealing prowess.

Joining Taylor in receiving postseason honors were freshman infielder Hudson Chastain (Knoxville, Tenn. / Christian Academy of Knoxville), who was named an All-HCAC Honorable Mention, and freshman outfielder Zion Echols (Prestonsburg, Ky. / Prestonsburg HS), who was selected as an HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recipient.

Taylor enjoyed a breakout season for the Pioneers, tallying a team-high batting average of .319, an on-base percentage of .401, and a slugging percentage of .361. He led the team in stolen bases with 26 on the year, a figure which ranked second-most in the HCAC. The junior finished second on the team in hits with 38 while adding five doubles, 10 runs batted in, and drawing 14 walks.

Notably, Taylor set a single-game NCAA Division III record on April 2 in a 10-3 victory at Centre College. The junior stole eight bases in the game to set a single-game record for stolen bases, breaking a record previously held by three different players with seven stolen bases apiece.

Chastain enjoyed a solid first season with the Pioneers as Transylvania's everyday second baseman. The freshman led the team in hits with 43 and RBI with 25. Chastain was second on the Pioneers in walks with 26, stolen bases with 11, and added seven doubles and one triple. The freshman had an on-base percentage of .406 and a batting average of .297, which was second on the Pioneers.

Transylvania baseball capped off a productive season that witnessed the team rise three spots in the HCAC standings with a roster composed of 27 freshmen and sophomores.  

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