San Antonio - The Tiger baseball
team defeated Howard Payne University 14-8 in the regular season finale
at E.M. Stevens Field on Tuesday night.
Trinity (27-12) jumped out to an early lead
but needed a late-inning rally to pull off the victory. Both teams
tallied 12 hits in the game, and there were 17 total walks issued by
pitchers from both teams.
The Tigers scored five times in the first
inning to pull ahead early, then answered a two-run third with a single
run to make it 6-2 through three innings.
Howard Payne scored once in the fifth and
then three times in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6, but the Tigers
posted a six-run sixth inning to take the lead for good.
Clint Robertson (4-0) earned the win in
relief, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out one batter. Trinity
starter Britton Horn struck out five in the first 4.2 innings of the
game, reaching 100 career strikeouts in the process.
Steven Ramos collected three hits to lead
the Tiger offense, but it was Tom Carberry's eighth-inning home run that
really highlighted the day for Trinity.
Carberry drove in the final two runs of the
game for Trinity with his homer to left, which was also the first of his
career with the Tigers.
Dylan Early also extended his hitting
streak to nine games with a 2-3 performance, driving in two runs.
Kyle Felix finished with two runs and two RBI, while Stosh Hoover joined
both Evan Jones and John Paillet in scoring twice in the game.
Jones drew a walk in the first inning for
his 60th RBI of the season, making him the third player in school
history to drive in 60 or more runs in one year.
Trinity will face Oglethorpe University in
a best-of-three weekend series at the SCAC Divisional Playoffs, starting
on Friday at 5:00 p.m.