Baseball just misses HCAC tourney
Transylvania got within a single win of qualifying for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament before losing to Manchester College 3-1 in the season finale. The Pioneers ended the year with a 21-19 record, including 14-11 in HCAC play.
Head Coach Chris Campbell ’00 guided Transylvania to a fourth place tie with Manchester in the HCAC regular season. The Spartans then claimed the fourth and final spot in the league tournament by having won two of three games against the Pioneers, earning the tie-breaker.
Transylvania compiled a 3-3 record in the Russ Matt Invitational, held over spring break in Lakeland, Fla. Conference play took up most of the remaining season, and the Pioneers put together a late five-game win streak to give themselves a shot at making the conference tournament.
Five Pioneers were named to the All-HCAC first team. Senior starting pitcher Taylor Bugh posted a 7-2 record to lead the team, and his 2.45 earned run average was lowest among the starters. Sophomore outfielder Zach Bynum was Transylvania’s top hitter with a .380 average and led in runs (37) and hits (57). Sophomore catcher Sam Liggett finished with a .298 batting average, three home runs, and 25 runs batted in.
Senior outfielder Johnny Renz was the team’s second leading hitter with a .352 average, and his three triples were a team high. Senior first baseman Ken Riley batted .319 with a team-best four homers and 36 RBI.
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