DC Baseball Records First 20-Win Season Since 1995
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Defiance College baseball program reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in almost 20 years on Saturday with a 6-3 game one win at Transylvania. The last time the Jackets won 20 or more games was 1995. DC dropped the final game of the series by a final of 3-0.The Purple and Gold bats took a while to get going in the first game of the afternoon, as the hosts led DC 1-0 heading into the fifth inning.The Yellow Jacket offense managed to record its first hit and give the team its first lead in the top of the fifth. Andy Habecker got things started for the visitors with a single to lead off the inning followed by Joel Musser's infield single.After a Jonathan Murphy walk loaded the bases with one out, Ryan Kohlhofer drove in Habecker from third by grounding into a fielder's choice. On the play was an error from the second baseman which scored Musser to put the Jackets up 2-1, a lead the team would not relinquish.The Purple and Gold hitters continually put pressure on Transylvania by scoring a run in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings to total six runs.The Pioneers attempted comebacks on multiple occasions by cutting the DC lead to one at 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth and 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh but could never draw even with Defiance.Jake Taylor, the Jackets' starting pitcher, kept the Transylvania batters in check all game, as the senior pitched seven innings of three run baseball on nine hits and two walks. Taylor picked up his team-leading sixth win of the day.Aaron Patterson and Alex Schomaeker closed the door on the Pioneers for the second straight game. Patterson tossed a scoreless eighth followed by Schomaeker throwing a perfect ninth to secure his tenth save of the season.Defiance was unable to replicate its success at the plate in the final game of the series. Transylvania's trio of pitchers in Shelby Dixon, Royce Neeley, and Elliot Desilets combined to pitch nine shutout innings and only allow three hits and one walk while striking out 11 DC batters.Ryan McLaughlin, the Jackets starting pitcher, had a strong performance of his own, as the senior went seven innings, giving up just one run.The Pioneer hitters added two runs in the eighth to go on to win by a final of 3-0.The two Defiance wins in the three game series with the Pioneers mark the first time the Purple and Gold has won a series against Transylvania since the spring of 2006. DC's 13 wins in the Heartland mark the most in program history since the college joined the conference in 2001.The Jackets finished the regular season with a record of 20-13 and now await their fate for the HCAC Tournament. As of now, the Yellow Jackets are in fifth place after Franklin's sweep of Anderson. For the Purple and Gold to move up to fourth, the final spot in the tourney, the team needs Earlham to sweep Rose-Hulman on Sunday.