Bats aflutter for Transylvania softball in home sweep of Defiance

Hynes swinging

Lexington, Ky. - Five Pioneers provided multi-hit performances as the Transylvania softball team moved to 4-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a pair of victories over the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at Hall Field on Saturday afternoon.

In game one, the Pioneers picked up a 10-2 victory in six innings before battling the Yellow Jackets to a 14-8 win in game two.

Janelle Hynes led the Pioneers with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate that included a double, a triple, and three RBI in the sweep. Alyssa Nunn and Annie Schuck each went 4-for-7 from the plate over both games. Nunn led the Pioneers with five RBI on Saturday.

Pitching for Transylvania in game one was Kameron Bowling. The sophomore was electric on the mound as she scattered three hits, fanned a season-high 10 batters, and allowed just two runs in the complete-game victory.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a Hynes RBI single that scored Jessica Powell, and a bases-loaded walk earned by Meg Liter.

RBI doubles from Laurel Major in the third and Schuck in the fourth extended the Pioneer lead to 7-0.

After Defiance got on the board with two runs in the top of the sixth, Transylvania responded by manufacturing a trio of runs in the bottom half of the frame, giving the Pioneers the 10-2 victory.

Game two followed a different script than that of game one as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Pioneers.

Trailing 2-1 in the second, Brittany Mumford evened the score with an RBI single through the right side that scored Liter. The Pioneers then pulled ahead thanks to an RBI base hit from Nunn and a double-steal that saw Mumford come home safe.

Not to be outdone, the Yellow Jackets pulled ahead yet again with four runs in the top of the third. However, Transylvania answered with three runs on four hits and a Defiance error that put Transylvania ahead 8-6.

With the score later evened up at 8-8, the Pioneers' offense took control of the game over the final two innings as Transylvania turned five hits, including triples from Nunn and Hynes, into six runs.

Bowling picked up her second win of the day after pitching the final 4.2 innings of the 14-8 victory. The sophomore tallied three strikeouts in the victory, giving her a total of 13 on the day.

The Pioneers will next be in action on Saturday, April 20 as they host the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers for a pair of games. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. at Hall Field. Prior to the start of game one, Transylvania will honor the six senior members of the team during a Senior Day ceremony.

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