Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team's 2018 season came to end on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bluffton University Beavers in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Memorial Field in Bluffton, Ohio.
Bluffton held off Transy 3-2 in game one before prevailing again 12-8 in an offense-laden nightcap.
The Beavers improved to 21-16 overall and evened their record in HCAC play at 9-9 while the Pioneers dropped to 7-11 in conference play and 17-22 overall.
Freshman pitcher Evan Hall got the start on the mound for Transylvania in game one, striking out six batters and scattering nine hits while only giving up three runs in seven strong innings of work.
The Pioneers fell behind early in the game, giving up three runs to the Beavers in the bottom of the second inning.
The score remained 3-0 until the Pioneers made their move in the ninth inning.
After a pair of hits from freshman infielder Hudson Chastain and sophomore designated hitter Austin Butts to start the inning, freshman infielder Wade Lopiccolo and senior shortstop Jared Williams each recorded an RBI to cut the Beavers' lead to 3-2.
However, with two runners on base, the Pioneers were unable to push the tying run across the plate, as Bluffton held on for the one-run win.
Transylvania turned to freshman pitcher Colton Hartig in game two. Hartig gave up six hits and four earned runs while tallying six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Freshman pitcher Drew Demler picked up the loss for the Transylvania in one inning of relief work.
The Pioneers took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a pair of doubles from Chastain and freshman catcher Michael Blair.
After the Beavers got a run back in the bottom half of the frame, the Pioneers extended their lead to 3-1 in the second inning on a RBI single from sophomore outfielder David McAnelly.
Transylvania eventually extended its lead to 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth when the Beavers scored five runs to take a 7-2 lead.
Bluffton added on another five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, pushing their lead to 12-7.
The deficit proved to be too great as Transylvania could only muster one more score in the top of the ninth, making the final score 12-8 in favor of the Beavers.
The Pioneers racked up 14 hits in their final game of the season with six different players producing two or more hits. Chastain led the effort with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate with two RBI to wrap up a strong freshman campaign. Lopiccolo and infielder Henry Molloy also completed their freshmen seasons with a pair of hits.
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