LEXINGTON, Kentucky-- The Mount St. Joseph baseball team traveled down I-75 to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Pioneers of Transylvania for their final matchup of the season. It was a hard fought game with the outcome hanging in the balance late into the game. The Lions though would come out victorious though taking two out of three against Transy. The win helped the Lions to keep pace with the other top teams in the HCAC, and maintain their tie for fourth place with Franklin.
The Lions again sent Mike Hilliard (Loveland, OH/ Clinton Massie) to the hill to start a Tuesday game. And coming off of a lackluster performance his last time out he was much sharper in this game, giving the Lions an opportunity to win the game. All told the Lions used six pitchers in the game with most of the heavy lifting being done by Malik Zuberi (Cincinnati, OH/ Lakota West) and Paul Spaulding (Cincinnati, OH/ LaSalle). Zuberi threw 3.2 innings allowing three hits and no runs while striking out two, and Spaulding threw 2.0 innings of no hit ball allowing only two baserunners via walks.
Offensively the Lions jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning. They took advantage of a couple of Transy mistakes to score two runs. Transy would fight back to score in the bottom of the second. The teams would combine to go scoreless over the next five innings. Then in the eighth inning the offenses would come alive again. The Lions would dent the plate twice in the top of the inning on the strength of a Zak Farmer (Hamilton, OH/ Lakota West) pinch hit homerun. Transy would return the favor in the bottom of the inning with two of their own. Matt Hofmann (Cincinnati, OH/ Elder) would close out the game for his 6th save of the season.
The Lions will return to the diamond this weekend to take on HCAC foe Defiance. The Lions will host the series