TUCSON, Ariz. – Transylvania, Illinois Wesleyan, Mary Hardin-Baylor and St. John Fisher each posted 2-0 marks on day two of the 2020 Division III Leadoff Classic at Lincoln Park. Those four programs, along with Central, East Texas Baptist and Emory, enter the final day of the tournament with three victories.
Transylvania improved to 3-1 as it rallied in the bottom of the seventh to top WashU, 11-9. The Pioneers trailed 9-6 entering the frame and scored three to make it a one-run ball game. With two runners on and two outs, Janelle Haynes launched a three-run walk-off to lift her squad to victory. In a 4-2 win over George Fox, Transy used a three-run third to forge ahead for good and Allyson O’Dell went the distance, allowing two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts.
Illinois Wesleyan blanked Emory & Henry, 4-0, before taming No. 2 Christopher Newport, 7-1. The fifth-ranked Titans are 3-1 after two days of the Classic. Ally Wiegand twirled a no-hitter, striking out 13 Wasps and not issuing a free pass. She faced one batter over the minimum. Highlighted by Hayley Earl’s first-inning, three-run homer, the Titans scored seven runs over the first three frames and cruised to the win. Brea Walker tossed a six-hitter, allowing an unearned run with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Mary Hardin-Baylor remained undefeated at 3-0 with two more wins this afternoon. The Crusaders outlasted Pacific Lutheran, 13-10, before run-ruling Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 9-1 in five innings. In game one, nine different Crusaders recorded a hit, including Korbyn Bassett, who was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and a RBI. UMHB recorded 10 more hits in a 9-1 victory over the Athenas. Elissa Elliott, Bailey Stoker and Ashley Estrada each posted two base knocks with Elliott driving in two runs.
St. John Fisher also moved to 3-1 with a pair of triumphs under the lights. The Cardinals opened up an early lead, which extended to 7-0, before holding off St. Thomas’ seventh-inning rally to defeat the Tommies, 7-4. Emily Trotman finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while also scattering 10 hits, allowing two earned runs and striking out five to earn the complete-game win. In the nightcap against Piedmont, Allie Klonowski came up clutch with a two out, three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to give Fisher a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Lions, 5-3 in six innings. The game concluded in the sixth due to the city of Tucson’s light ordinance.
LeTourneau, DePauw and Alma all picked up their first wins of the tournament. The Yellowjackets edged Central, 3-2, while the Tigers blanked Alma, 1-0. The Scots rebounded from that shutout with a 9-3 triumph over LeTourneau.
Also capturing day-two victories were Babson, Berry, Central, Christopher Newport, Emory, East Texas Baptist, George Fox, Texas Lutheran, Piedmont and WashU. The Tigers join Mary Hardin-Baylor at 3-0, while the Dutch and Eagles improved to 3-1. The Beavers, Bulldogs and Captains advanced to 2-1.
Babson walked-off in a 6-5 win over Emory & Henry, giving head coach Dave Canan his 500thcareer victory. CNU hit three homers in a 10-2 (5) thumping of top-ranked Texas Lutheran. TLU rebounded in a big way with a 12-0 five-inning triumph over Pacific Lutheran. The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits, including home runs from Haley Padilla and Alyssa Cantu.
ETBU edged Emory, 8-5, but the Eagles turned right around and raced out to a 7-0 lead against St. Thomas and cruised to a 10-2 victory in five innings. Berry held on for a 12-10 victory over St. Benedict, while Piedmont earned a 10-6 triumph against Linfield. George Fox, Central and WashU all picked up run-rule victories.
Action begins at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow as Linfield and St. Benedict will continue their halted game, which will pick up with two outs in the top of the sixth with the Wildcats leading 3-0. ETBU and Berry was a no contest (agreed upon by head coaches of respective teams) due to the city of Tucson’s light ordinance.