FLORENCE,Ky - The Mount St. Joseph University Baseball team took on the Transylvania University Pioneers in their first conference doubleheader of the season. The Lions fell behind in game one and were unable to make up the score as they lost 6-3. Game two saw dominant pitching from both team as The Lions were able to come out on top and secure their first conference victory of the season by a score of 5-4.
On the mound to start the game for The Lions in game one was Chris Honebrink(Cincinnati,Ohio/Roger Bacon) who faced 27 batters during his 5.0 innings of pitching. The Pioneers were able to earn all six of their runs off of Honebrink as he allowed 13 hits; he was able to strikeout 3 batters during his time on the mound. Oakley Billingsley (Westport,Ind/South Decatur) would take over the mound in the 6th inning for The Lions. He would pitch 4 innings, facing 17 batters and holding the Pioneers to only one hit while striking out 2.
Both team went scoreless in a quick first inning before the Pioneers got on the board in the top of the 2nd inning, taking the lead and never looking back. The Pioneers would add 3 more runs, going up 4-0 on The Lions before The Mount was able to get on the board in the bottom of the 4th inning. Roman Rothwell (Monroe,Ohio/Monroe) scored The Lions first run of the game off a Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati,Ohio/Northwest) double, getting his first RBI of the game. The 4th inning would end with The Lions down 4-1.
Heading into the 5th inning the Pioneers would score their final two runs of the game, bringing their score to 6. The Lions would find themselves getting on the board one last time in the bottom of the 6th inning as they tried to catch up to the Pioneers score. Jose Bustamante (Austell,Ga/South Cobb) would nail his first homerun of the season to left field, bringing in Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati,Ohio/Western Hills) to bring The Lions score to 3.
The Lions and the Pioneers would go scoreless the remainder of the innings, resulting in a Lions loss in game one by a score of 6-3.
Both teams had dominant pitching through the first 5 innings as both starting pitchers did not allow either team to get a run, making the game scoreless until the top of the 6th inning. Jason Fischer (Cincinnati,Ohio/Colerain) was the starting pitcher for The Lions, facing 19 batters over a span of 5 innings. Only two Pioneers would hit off of Fisher, as he allowed 0 runs and struck out 6 during his time on the mound.
Alex Wagner (West Chester,Ohio/Lakota West) entered the game in the top of the 6th inning, relieving Fischer of his duties. Wagner gave up 2 runs to the Pioneers, while striking out 6 during his 3 innings on the mound.
The Pioneers would get the first runs of game two, getting 1 run in both the 6th and 7th inning. The Lions would answer back in the bottom of the 7th with a 3 run inning. Ryne Poli (Cincinnati,Ohio/Elder) stepped up to bat, hitting a single to the shortstop, Tyrell Anderson would score, followed by Ian Mustard (Kings Mills,Ohio/Kings) scoring off a throwing error by the Pioneers shortstop. Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati,Ohio/St.Xavier) was next up to bat, hitting a single to left field, getting an RBI and bringing in Colin Crowe (Mason,Ohio/Mason), putting The Lions in the lead with a score of 3-2 entering the 8th inning. The Lions would enter 1 more run in the 8th inning as Tyrell Anderson hit a double to right field, getting an RBI as Brandon Turner (Greenfield,Ind/Mount Vernon) would get his first run of the season, building The Lions lead to 4-2.
Entering the 9th inning, Garrett Hogan (Hamilton,Ohio/Badin) took over the mound. Hogan would strike out one Pioneer, while allowing 2 runs to score off of 3 hits, as the Pioneers tied up the game 4-4. In the bottom of the 9th inning, The Lions would score a run and Hogan would secure a win for The Mount. Simon Schaefer would get his second RBI of the game, hitting a walk off double to right center field, bringing in Ryne Poli for the winning run, securing The Lions first conference win of the season as they defeated the Pioneers 5-4.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, April 3rd as they take on the Cardinals of Otterbein College at 6PM at UC Health Stadium in a non-conference matchup. Continue to checkout MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of The Lions 2019 season.