The season is still new, but the Adrian College baseball team will need to find answers on the mound as they fell to 1-3 overall with a 10-5 loss at Transylvania on Saturday. It was the third time in four games that the team has given up nine or more runs. In addition, the team has held a lead in all three losses through five innings, only to be outscored 20-6 in the final four-plus innings.
All five Adrian pitchers gave up two earned runs on the day, but maintained a close game with the Pioneers until they broke through with six runs in the eighth inning. Holden Branch left in the sixth inning with his team leading 5-2 and received a no-decision after throwing 5.1 innings and allowing seven hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Adrian led 4-0 after three innings and increased their lead to 5-0 with a run in the top of the fourth. In the one-run second, Corleone Desimone had a two-out, RBI single to right field which scored Drew Shutes who reached with a one-out walk. Adrian scored three runs in the third to build their cushion to 4-0. R.J. Rios had a RBI single followed by a stolen base by Rios which allowed Dan Heatherly to score from third with the third run. Hayden Craig reached on an error to score the fourth run.
Transylvania scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by catcher Sam Liggett. The Pioneers then scored two more runs in the seventh to close the gap to 5-4. The long ball once again hurt the Bulldogs as centerfielder Zach Bynum sent one all the wall for a two-run jolt with two outs. Zach Ranney filled in for Branch going 1.2 innings while allowing the Bynum home run.
Jeff Davis (0-1) entered to start the eighth but could not record an out. He walked the leadoff man and hit the next batter before handing the ball to Cory Fox. Both of those runners would come around to score giving the loss to Davis. Fox gave up a RBI single to Hunter Voshell to tie the game at 5-5.Tommy Eng entered the game with the bases loaded and one out and was rudely greeted by a two-run double down the left field line by leadoff man Hunter Jones. Bynum followed with a two-run single to center to make it 9-5. Kameron Mason drove in the final run with a single to right field.
Shutes raised his average to .700 (7-of-10) this season going 2-for-2 with a double, walk and hit by pitch. Desimone also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 hitting ninth in the lineup. Transylvania committed five errors and allowed four earned runs. Michael Birkenhauer got the win for the Pioneers pitching the eighth inning and allowing one hit in four batters faced.