San Antonio - Trinity's Kevin
Jackson, a sophomore third-baseman, cracked a walkoff homer with one out
in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Tigers past Austin College
by a final of 9-8.
Trinity (1-4, 1-0) won its first game of
the year in the team's SCAC and home opener on Saturday. The game
featured five lead changes and two ties as both teams fought for the
Jackson was 4-6 with two runs and two RBI
in the game, hitting two singles, a double, and the home run - the first
four-bagger of his career.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead after scoring on
a wild pitch in the bottom of the first, but Austin College answered
immediately with a two-run second to take its first lead of the day.
The lead held until the fifth inning when
Jackson and Jordan Pennington each cracked two-run doubles. Austin
answered again in the sixth with a run, but Trinity again pushed the
lead back to three runs on another RBI from Jackson.
Austin College then tied the game 6-6 with
a three-run seventh inning, but the Tigers reclaimed the lead with a
pair of runs in the eighth. The visitors then scored a pair of
runs with one out in the top of the ninth to tie things up and send the
game to the bottom of the ninth.
Evan Jones nearly ended the game on a home
run with two outs in the ninth, but his fly ball to right field fell
just short of the fence. In the 10th, Trinity had two men on with
one out, but a double play crushed the rally and sent the game to the
Michael Panozzo (1-0) retired six of the
seven batters he faced in the 10th and 11th innings to get the win,
allowing only a two-out walk in the 10th. After he retired the
side in the 11th, Jackson came up and finished off the victory.
Pennington finished 2-4 with two RBI, while
Kevin Calbick also had two hits and two runs scored. Jeff Claydon
was 2-5 with a run and two RBI, while Dylan Early scored twice.
Bennett Herrick went 4-6 with three runs
and two RBI for Austin College, while Bobby Schleizer was 2-3 with three
Trinity and Austin College finish off the
weekend series with a single game tomorrow afternoon. The Tigers
will then hit the road for a mid-week game at Mary Hardin-Baylor and a
three-game weekend series at Sul Ross State University.