LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Chicago’s baseball team split its series-opening doubleheader at Transylvania University on Friday evening.
The Maroons claimed an 8-3 win in the opener before falling 11-3 in the nightcap to earn a split to begin their three-game series. Drew Bryan (1-2) earned the first game victory with eight strikeouts in five innings. Erik Rindner and Jonathan Zeevi each had four combined hits to lead the offensive effort.
The Maroons led 7-0 before Transylvania pushed across two in the seventh to pull within five. Both sides matched each other with one eighth inning run and UChicago’s Tyler Sarkisian finished off his second scoreless inning in the ninth to secure the win.
Rindner produced the Maroons first run in the third on an RBI single. Braden Jirovec doubled the lead in the fifth with an RBI single on the infled. Jackson Slipock drove in two with a double in the sixth to put UChicago ahead by four.
The Maroons then plated three more in the seventh as Jirovec, Jack Goldstein and Truman Pierson each had RBI hits. Noah Nelson drove in UChicago’s eighth run to round out the scoring.
The Maroons trailed 4-0 after the first and 6-2 after two. Zeevi and Jirovec each caused runs to score in the second inning as UChicago cut into the Transylvania lead. TU then responded with two in the fourth and three in the fifth to seal the result.
UChicago’s third RBI came from a groundout by Will Benner in the fifth.
The Maroons and Transylvania play the final game of the series on Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m. CT.
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