Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Lions pounded out 18 hits on Tuesday night, and got a solid starting pitching performance from Collin Shaw (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) as they rolled tot their fifth straight win with an 11-6 decision over visiting Transylvania University. The Mount improves to 11-11-1 overall, and keeps pace with the HCAC leaders by upping their conference mark to 6-5. The Lions will return to conference action on April 12 when they play a doubleheader at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The Mount got on the scoreboard first, when Ronald Cotton (Florence, KY/Boone County) ripped an RBI double. Transy plated two runs in the third, and a run in the fourth, to grab a 3-1 advantage but they did not hold that long. The Mount recorded a six-run, fourth inning, thanks to seven hits and three Pioneers' errors, to grab a 7-3 lead. Matt Hoffman (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) had the key hit in the inning, witha two-run single. Tyler Haubner (Cincinnati, O/La Salle) and Michael Leytze (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) had RBI singles in the fifth inning, staking the Mount to a 9-3 lead. The Lions scored two more runs in the eighth inning, to go out to an 11-4 advantage.
Shaw pitched posted the win on the mound, tossing six innings, and allowing four hits, no earned runs, four walks and six strikeouts. Nathan Lambert (Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg) and teammate Drew Ernst combined to pitch the final three innings. The Lions pounded out 18 hits, their second-highest hit total of the season, with Nick Browning (Fairfield, OH/Hamilton Badin) and Drew Werner (Sunman, IN/East Central) leading the way with three hits each. The Mount was nine-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Haubner, Leytze and Hoffman each had two RBI.