Transylvania baseball downed at Rhodes following ninth-inning comeback by Lynx

Willbur swinging

Memphis, Tenn. – The Transylvania baseball team wrapped up opening weekend with a 5-4 defeat to the Rhodes College Lynx at Stauffer Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Pioneers led Rhodes for most of the afternoon before falling prey to a ninth-inning rally by the Lynx, which are now 7-2 on the season. The loss drops Transylvania's record to 1-2.

The Pioneers sent Robert Young to the mound on Sunday. The senior turned in a masterful performance, working 5.1 innings with four strikeouts and no walks in his 2020 debut. Young also carried a no-hitter into the third inning and allowed just four hits on the day.

The Pioneers jumped out in front of the Lynx in the first inning when Riley Willbur scored following a stolen base by Hudson Chastain. Transylvania extended the lead to 2-0 later in the inning when Chastain scored on a wild pitch. Wilbur finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs in the loss.

The Pioneers added to their lead in the top of the fifth when TJ Keck drove in Wilbur with an RBI single through the left side of the Rhodes infield. Later in the inning, Griffin Hall smacked an RBI single into left field that scored Keck and put the Pioneers up 4-0.

Keck went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks in the game.

Trailing Transylvania 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Rhodes mounted a three-run rally that started with a double down the left-field line and ended with a two-out, sacrifice fly RBI to centerfield that allowed the Lynx to escape with the 5-4 victory over the Pioneers.

Transylvania will be back in action on Saturday, February 29, when the Pioneers take on the Denison University Big Red for a three-game series which also serves as the 2020 home opener at Transylvania's new full-time home of Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

First pitch of game one is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, with game two of the Saturday doubleheader to follow approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one. Next Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 12 noon.  

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