Baseball makes run at HCAC regular season title
The baseball team made a run at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season crown, leading the league late in the season, but fell on hard times in the final five games and finished just out of the running for the conference tournament.
After sweeping a doubleheader from Earlham College, the Pioneers stood atop the HCAC with a 12-4 record. But the next five games, all on the road, eluded Transylvania. The final league record of 12-9 caused the Pioneers to just miss the four-team tournament field as Anderson University took the last spot with a 14-8 mark. Under head coach Chris Campbell ’00, Transylvania’s overall season record was 21-12.
An early season highlight occurred when Transylvania took on No. 18 Thomas More College on the road and rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Saints 8-6. The Pioneers were on a six-game winning streak and had an 8-3 record. Five of those wins came during a spring break trip to Auburndale, Fla., to play in the Russ Matt Invitational.
Senior outfielder/designated hitter Ben Kuebbing and senior catcher Drew Zuckerman (right) were named to the All-HCAC first team. Kuebbing led the team with a .453 batting average and added six home runs and 33 runs batted in to go with a .670 slugging percentage. Zuckerman was second in batting with a .387 average and had a team-best eight homers and 38 RBI.