San Antonio - The Concordia
University (Texas) Tornados evened their season series with the Tigers
by a 7-3 win Tuesday night at E.M. Stevens Field.
Trinity (8-10) had defeated Concordia 14-4
on March 3 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The Tornados improved
to 11-8 after Tuesday’s 3-hour, 20-minute game.
Concordia started off with a bang, as left
fielder Tom Williams cracked his ninth home run of the season, a two-run
shot in the top of the first inning. But Trinity countered with its own
round-tripper in the bottom of the second. Sophomore catcher Kyle Felix
homered to right center, driving in two runs. It marked the third home
run for Felix this season. Felix batted 1 for 4 with two RBIs and scored
The Tornados picked up a run in third
inning, to lead 3-2. First baseman Chad Thielpape singled through the
left side for the RBI. Thielpape batted 4 for 4 with four RBIs.
Concordia increased its lead with one run in the fourth inning, and led
Trinity center fielder John Paillet
tightened the game with an RBI double down the left field line in the
bottom half of the inning. Paillet hit 2 for 3 with one RBI, and smacked
two doubles in the game.
After the fourth inning, the Tornados
widened their lead with two runs in the seventh. Thielpape was once
again instrumental, with a two RBI single. He finished things off with
an RBI single in the top of the ninth.
Trinity senior second baseman Jeff Claydon
batted 2 for 4. The 24-game hitting streak of senior outfielder Jordan
Pennington was halted on Tuesday.
Tiger first-year pitcher Ben Klimesh (0-4)
started the game and took the loss. Klimesh struck out six batters in 6
1/3 innings of work. The Tornados Donovan Riggles entered in the third
inning and picked up the win, improving to 3-1. Stephen Szkotak, the
last Concordia pitcher on the mound, recorded his fourth save of the
Concordia scored six earned runs, with nine
hits, no errors and eight players left on place. Trinity scored three
earned runs, swatted eight hits, made two errors and stranded 10
The Tigers will play Illinois State in the
Irish Classic at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The tournament is being held at San
Antonio’s Wolff Stadium. Trinity returns home Thursday to host Wabash at