Transylvania takes Game One from Centre, Mother Nature Takes Game Two

Transylvania takes Game One from Centre, Mother Nature Takes Game Two

Danville, Ky. – A night full of climate-based variables and crimson-colored offense saw the Transylvania softball team take Game One of a doubleheader against the Centre College Colonels, 13-3 before the second game of the evening was called due to inclement weather at Centre's South Campus Field Thursday.

The Pioneers sit at 13-6 with one win in tow following their trip to Danville to face their bluegrass rivals. Game Two has been cancelled with no immediate plans for a makeup date.

A mixture of thunderous elements was seemingly the only thing that could stop the Pioneers on a regular basis Thursday night. In the first game of the late afternoon, the Pioneers pounced on Centre early with a five-run first inning that signaled the initial signs of a swift result.

The first inning was a grand display of the Pioneers' offensive power. With one away, sophomore outfielder Shelby Gambrell was hit by a pitch to reach base. In stepped senior infielder Shelby Bailey, who smacked a home run for an immediate 2-0 Transylvania lead.

Hitting became contagious for the Pioneers following Bailey's shot, as sophomore outfielder Shelbi Poehlein drew a walk, and freshman catcher Janelle Hynes willed a double to left field.

With two aboard, sophomore designated player Jenna Stiles blasted a home run to left center field as the Pioneers found themselves with a 5-0 advantage out of the gate.

Centre salvaged the frame, using back-to-back two-out RBIs to thin Transy's lead to 5-2 after one inning of play.

Transylvania's bats remained warm, as sophomore infielder Brittany Mumford became the third Pioneer to homer in the first two innings with a solo shot in the second for a 6-2 advantage. Stiles claimed her fourth RBI of the day when she delivered a sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the third inning to bring home Poehlein for a 7-2 lead.

The Pioneers unleashed their second five-run inning of the game in the fourth inning, keyed by a three-run double from Bailey that brought in Gambrell, Mumford, and freshman infielder Janette Hynes. The Pioneers were enjoying a 10-3 lead when thunder and lightning became visible in the region and an impending storm demanded a 40-minute weather delay.

When both teams reconvened, the Pioneers looked no worse for the wear, ready to pick up from where they left off.

As the fourth inning continued, the Pioneers improbably collected their fourth homer in as many innings when sophomore infielder Meg Liter delivered a two-run single to score Poehlein and Bailey for a 12-3 lead.  

Transylvania manufactured one more run in the top of the fifth for a 13-3 advantage, while junior pitcher Renae Morton closed down operations for the Pioneers, as she picked up her fifth win of the season. The two-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week signed off on a line of six strikeouts, zero walks, and three earned runs against the Colonels.

The Pioneers and Colonels began their second game of the night after 8:00 p.m. local time in an entertaining game that went back and forth. Transylvania tabbed two runs in the top of the first inning, while Centre answered back ferociously with four runs in the bottom of the inning to grab a 4-2 lead.

The Pioneer bats never tired, adding three runs over the next two innings to retake the lead. Transylvania eventually gathered a 6-4 lead as they retook the momentum.

But as the clock ticked past 10:00 p.m. and more unfavorable weather collected over Danville, both parties agreed to part ways for the evening, leaving the second game in limbo in the middle of the fourth inning.

With Thursday's action now behind them, the Pioneers will venture to Bluffton, Ohio for their first conference test of the season, taking on the Bluffton University Beavers. The doubleheader between Transylvania and Bluffton is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start on Saturday, April 1.

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