Sherman, Texas - The Trinity Tiger
baseball team was edged 16-15 by Austin College in the finale of a
three-game weekend SCAC series at Baker Field.
Trinity, which won the season series 3-2,
took both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. The teams split two games
played in February in San Antonio. The Tigers now stand at 16-16 and 7-7
SCAC, in third place in the conference West Division. Trinity is one
game behind second-place Southwestern, and a half-game ahead of
fourth-place Hendrix. Austin College (9-20, 4-14 SCAC) is in fifth
place. Six teams, three from each of the two divisions, qualify for the
SCAC Championship tournament April 23-26 at Millsaps College in Jackson,
Sunday’s game could definitely be described
as a slugfest, as Trinity and Austin College combined for 31 runs, 38
hits and seven home runs.
The Kangaroos had built up a huge 9-0 lead
after three innings. Then, the Tigers went to work in the top of the
fourth and fifth innings, scoring five and three runs, respectively,
closing to 8-9.
Tiger junior first baseman Evan Jones
swatted a two-out solo home run to right center field in the fourth
inning, his fourth homer of the campaign. Jones went 2-5 with and RBI,
along with scoring three runs. Senior second baseman Jeff Claydon scored
on an error by the left fielder. Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jackson
singled to right field and scored sophomore center fielder Dylan Early.
Kevin Calbick, a sophomore right fielder, doubled to center field and
Jackson crossed home plate. Senior shortstop Stosh Hoover singled to
center field, as Calbick scored. Calbick hit 2-6 with one RBI, two runs
and two doubles. Hoover went 3-5 with two RBIs.
Claydon, who followed Jones’ walk, homered
to right field for the two-run shot in the fifth inning. Claydon, who
batted 4-6 with two RBIs and scored three runs, joined Trinity’s 100
career hits list. Senior left fielder Jordan Pennington singled to
center field, driving in Jackson for the third run.
The bottom of the fifth inning had Austin
College scoring three runs, by a three-run home run to right center by
third baseman Bennett Herrick, as the Kangaroos took a 12-8 lead.
Herrick hit 4-5 with four RBIs and scored three runs. The Kangaroos
added one more run in the sixth inning, on a solo home run by left
fielder Jordan Robison.
Trinity put a run on the board in the
seventh, as Jackson scored on a SAC fly to center field by Hoover.
Sophomore catcher Kyle Felix cracked the
first of his two home runs in the game, a solo to right field in the
eighth inning. Felix batted 3-5 with four RBIs and scored two runs. But
Austin College took a 16-10 lead, by scoring three runs in the bottom of
The top of the ninth inning arrived, and
the Tigers were ready to meet the challenge. Felix hit his second home
run of the game, the sixth of the season, scoring Pennington and Calbick.
First-year pinch-hitter Nick Pappas doubled to center field with two
outs, as Claydon and Jones scored. With the bases loaded, Hoover reached
first base on fielder’s choice, but Calbick was thrown out at second
Tiger junior right-hander Mike Hunter was
the starting pitcher, and hurled 1 2/3 innings. Hunter took the loss and
now stands at 2-2. Fiver other Trinity pitchers took the mound.
Trinity scored 11 earned runs off the four
Austin College pitchers, exploded for 23 hits, played an error-free game
and left 15 players on base. Austin College produced 16 earned runs,
smacked 15 hits, made two errors and stranded five players.
The Tigers return home Tuesday to host Mary
Hardin-Baylor at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game at E.M. Stevens Field.