Danville, Ky. – The Transylvania baseball team suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Centre College Colonels at Gary Wright Field on Tuesday night. The Pioneers led 5-2 midway through the ninth inning before Centre came storming back to capture the 6-5 victory in the bottom of the ninth.
The Transylvania bats were hot throughout the night as four Pioneers recorded multi-hit games, including Hudson Chastain, who pushed his season-long hit streak to nine games.
Starting the game for Transylvania was Devon Hart, who turned in a stellar performance on the mound. The freshman struck out three Colonels and scattered three hits and two runs across five innings of work. The righty posted career-highs in innings pitched as well as strikeouts in his first career start.
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Austin Butts smacked an RBI double down the third base line that scored Chastain.
The Colonels came back to score runs in the third and fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Pioneers.
The Pioneers rallied with an RBI single from Michael Blair that evened the score at 2-2 in the fifth, followed by a Wade Lopiccolo RBI single that gave Transylvania a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh.
Transylvania then manufactured two insurance runs in the ninth, scoring on a balk and wild pitch by Centre to increase the lead to a commanding 5-2 margin.
However, the Colonels would not be denied. Centre scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame to secure the 5-4 walk-off victory.
The loss drops Transylvania's record to 4-5 on the season while the Colonels improve to 9-4.
The Pioneers will now face a quick turnaround as they return to action tomorrow afternoon. Transylvania will host the Berea College Mountaineers for a Wednesday matinee doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Marquard Field.
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