Lexington, Ky. – Freshman infielder Hudson Chastain lined a walk-off base hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a scintillating 5-4 comeback victory for the Transylvania baseball team against the Capital University Crusaders on Friday night at Marquard Field.
Hudson's game-winning one-out RBI finished off a four-inning rally that saw the Pioneers come back from a 4-2 deficit to score the final three runs of the night.
In winning their first game at the friendly confines of Marquard Field in their second home contest of the year on Friday, the Pioneers improved their overall record to 4-5. Capital fell to 7-5 after Friday's pinpoint win.
Freshman pitcher Jake Schmidt got the start for the Pioneers and worked the first six innings, racking up eight strikeouts while exiting the game with Capital holding a 3-2 lead.
The Pioneers dealt the first blow on Friday, posting a two-run inning behind RBI singles from sophomore catcher Cole Ratliff and senior infielder Taylor Henley. The lead stood until the fifth inning when Capital's Shayne Lyons drove in a two-out, two-run base hit to seize the lead for the first time on the day for the Crusaders. Capital added another run in the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Transylvania responded in the bottom of the seventh as redshirt sophomore designated hitter Austin Butts drove in Chastain to cut Capital's advantage to 4-3.
The Pioneers evened the contest in the following inning as Chastain drove a hard-hit liner to Capital's second baseman, the momentum driving him into the outfield on the catch. The second baseman flipped the ball to the Capital shortstop, who covered second to put out Transy baserunner, senior outfielder Isaac Taylor. But the shortstop airmailed the relay home in an effort to tag out sophomore outfielder David McAnelly, who touched home plate to tie up the game at 4-4.
The game remained tied in the final innings as freshman Evan Patrick escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The Pioneers turned a double play to move into the bottom of the ninth, but could not score to end the game after regulation innings.
Capital was only able to put one runner aboard in the top of the 10th inning, and the Pioneers moved into the bottom of the 10th with a chance to gain victory.
The final rally began with a one-out walk by McAnelly. The Pioneers moved quickly into scoring position as McAnelly stole second base and then advanced to third base on a throwing error. The Crusaders then intentionally walked freshman infielder Wade LoPiccolo and Taylor to load the bases.
With one out, Chastain made quick work of the ending, lining a hard shot into right centerfield to score McAnelly for the 5-4 final.
Patrick collected his first career win for the Pioneers while Capital's Nick Beck took the loss.
Chastain led the way with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, two RBI, and two walks. Ratliff added two hits with an RBI and LoPiccolo went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Transylvania returns to action tomorrow, March 10 as the Pioneers welcome the Denison University Big Red to Marquard Field for a doubleheader set. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.
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