Clermont, Fla. – The Transylvania softball team certified a major milestone for their head coach in grabbing a pair of victories on Tuesday evening at the PFX Games in the second day of their spring break trip.
The Pioneers claimed a 10-0 victory against the Marian (Wis.) University Sabres in the first game of the afternoon before pulling away from the Bethel University Royals to the tune of a 4-1 final.
In addition to the Pioneers continuing their momentum with a 4-0 start to their week down south, the first win of the day represented the 200th career collegiate softball head coaching victory for fourth-year Transylvania head coach Shawn Hendrickson.
The Pioneers delivered their leader his 200th victory in dominant fashion, sealing up their second five-inning win in three games.
Transylvania powered its way to victory against Marian by scoring three runs each in the first, fourth, and fifth innings against Marian. Senior outfielder Madison Dorsey led off the scoring in the top of the first inning on an RBI base hit to score junior infielder Brittany Mumford. The Pioneers scored twice more in the inning on an infielder error and never looked back to win in five frames.
Senior pitcher Renae Morton collected her fourth win of the season, registering eight strikeouts and one walk while allowing two hits.
Dorsey went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two doubles. Junior outfielder Shelbi Poehlein had a 2-for-3 game with an RBI.
In the Monday nightcap, the Pioneers were embroiled in a pitcher's duel for much of the night before posting a three-run output in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend their lead from 1-0 to 4-0.
Freshman pitcher Kameron Bowling had the best outing of her young career, pitching 6.1 innings and striking out 12 Bethel batters. Bowling scattered four hits and issued just two walks, and yielding no runs. Morton came in for the final two outs, striking out both batters she faced.
Poehlein provided the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning via an infield base-hit RBI to score freshman infielder CeCe Wittry. RBI hits from junior infielder Meg Liter and sophomore catcher Janelle Hynes boosted Transy's lead to 3-0, and an infielding error allowed Hynes to score from second base for the final run of the game.
Transylvania is back in action on Tuesday with a pair of games. The Pioneers face Endicott at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fredonia at 7:00 p.m.
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