Baseball wins 20 for fourth straight year
The baseball team entered the final weekend of the season with a shot at making the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, but lost three home games to Manchester College to finish the year with a 20-17 overall record and 9-13 in the HCAC.
Although Transy missed the HCAC tournament for the first time in four years, the Pioneers reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season and just the fifth since baseball returned as a varsity sport in 1996. They were led by Chris Campbell ’00, in his second year as head coach.
The Pioneers got off to a great start by sweeping a doubleheader at Centre College in their season opener and compiling a 5-1 record during their spring break trip to Winterhaven, Fla., where they played teams from Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. After beginning the conference schedule 3-1, however, they struggled to a 9-10 mark before the final three losses to Manchester.
Transy landed three players on the All-HCAC first team, led by junior outfielder Thomas Tolliver, whose .467 batting average, 45 runs, and 64 hits were all team-leading stats. He was also an HCAC Player of the Week. Sophomore outfielder Ben Keubbing was Transy’s second leading hitter with a .394 average, top runs-batted-in producer with 39, and second in hits with 54. Junior pitcher Korey Colyer had a 4-2 record with a 3.10 earned run average.