Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania softball team completed day three of the 2018 Pio Classic by splitting a pair of games against Olivet College and St. Mary's College at Hall Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneer bats were on fire throughout their first game as Transylvania outhit Olivet 12-2 and were led by a 3-for-4 performance from junior centerfielder Shelbi Poehlein.
Senior pitcher Renae Morton pitched a complete-game shutout while striking out seven batters and giving up just one walk in the win for Transylvania.
Transylvania jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after junior shortstop Shelby Gambrell walked and then scored on an RBI double by Poehlein.
After adding two more runs in the third inning, the Pioneers blew the game open with three runs on two hits in the fourth inning to push the score to 6-0.
With a sizable lead in tow and Morton dealing from the mound, Transylvania head coach Shawn Hendrickson went to his bench; numerous Pioneer reserves saw action in the sixth inning as Transylvania pushed their lead out to 11-0 to claim a six inning victory via the 10-run rule.
In their second game of the day, the Pioneers faced a strong St. Mary's team that boasted a record of 3-0 coming into the matchup.
Transylvania freshman pitcher Kameron Bowling got the start for the Pioneers and recorded three strikeouts while giving up just one earned run in five strong innings of work.
The Pioneers took control of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Poehlein blasted a towering two-run home run over the left field wall.
Transylvania maintained its 2-0 lead until the fifth inning when both teams added a single run, followed by another run for St. Mary's in the sixth inning, adjusting the score to 3-2 in favor of the Pioneers.
However, St. Mary's made its move in the top of the seventh when shortstop Jamie Young smacked a three-run homerun over the left field wall, giving the Belles a 5-3 lead.
Transylvania was only able to get one runner on base in the bottom of the seventh, falling by the final of 5-3.
Morton picked up the loss while striking out one batter in 1.1 innings of relief work.
With the loss, Transylvania completes the Pio Classic with a record of 2-2.
Up next, Transylvania will travel to Clermont, Florida to play a packed slate of 12 games in seven games over spring break. The Pioneers will get the trip started against Roger Williams University at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11.