San Antonio - A career day for
senior shortstop Stosh Hoover was not enough for the Tiger baseball
team, which lost a 14-8 game against Austin College on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity (1-5, 1-1) splits the weekend
series in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, having won
yesterday's opener 9-8 in 11 innings.
Hoover was 4-5 with three runs and six RBI,
knocking two home runs and a triple in the game. Hoover had just
two career homers coming into the game, but cracked a pair of two-run
shots to left field in today's loss.
Dylan Early was the only other Tiger player
with more than one hit, while Ryan Sterk came on in the later innings
and scored a pair of runs.
Trinity fell behind 2-0 in the top of the
first, but Hoover hit the first of his two home runs to tie the game in
the bottom of the inning. Austin College responded with a four-run
second to take the lead for good in this one.
The back-breaker proved to be a seven-run
fifth inning, followed by a run in the sixth to push Austin College's
lead to 14-2. The Tigers scored three runs in both the seventh and
the ninth, but the lead proved to be too much to overcome.
Bennett Herrick was 3-5 with two runs and
four RBI for the 'Roos, while Jordan Robison and Patrick Ray had two
hits and two runs each.
Ben Klimesh (0-2) took the loss for
Trinity, after being chased from the game in the second inning.
Taylor Burden came on with 3.1 innings of relief, striking out four and
giving up just one run on one hit. Tiger pitchers walked 10
batters and hit four more to put numerous extra runners on base.
Trinity will face the University of Mary
Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday in Belton, Texas, followed by a three-game
series at Sul Ross State University. The Tigers return home
February 28 to open a two-game SCAC series with Hendrix College.