Demorest, Ga. – The Transylvania softball team saw a memorable 2019 season come to an end with a 7-2 loss in 11 innings to the Emory University Eagles in game five of the Demorest Regional at the Walker Athletic Complex on Sunday night.
The thrilling contest was the Pioneers' third extra-inning contest of the tournament in three games. Altogether, the Pioneers played 31 innings over three days.
After neither team was able to create any separation over the first three innings of play, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth via a lead-off walk and a subsequent RBI double to left field.
Trailing Emory 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Annie Schuck and Jessica Powell each singled to put two runners on with one out. Laurel Major evened the score with an RBI single that scored Megan Edwards, who came on to pinch run for Schuck. Like Transy's two previous games, the contest then continued into extra innings.
Following three innings of scoreless play, Emory charged ahead to take a 7-1 lead with six runs on six hits in the top of the 11tth.
In the bottom half of the frame, Jordan Kramer drove in Schuck with a groundout to the shortstop but the Pioneers were unable to manufacture any additional runs, allowing Emory to prevail 7-2.
Picking up the loss for Transylvania was Kameron Bowling, who struck out four Eagles over 10.2 innings of work. Altogether, Bowling pitched 32.1 innings and tallied 23 strikeouts over three games to guide the Pioneers to game five of the Regional Tournament.
With the end of the season, the Pioneers bid farewell to a special group of student-athletes that helped build the Transylvania softball program into the national power that it is today. The six seniors on the 2019 roster led Transylvania to an overall record of 124-48, three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, two conference tournament crowns, three straight trips to the NCAA tournament, and the program's inaugural appearance in the NCAA Super Regional round in 2017.
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