February 28, 2009

Tiger Comeback Falls Short as Hendrix Takes Series Opener

San Antonio - Trinity's baseball team opened up a two-game SCAC series with a 10-8 loss at home to Hendrix College on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity (5-7, 1-2) scored five runs in the ninth inning to make a strong comeback bid, but Hendrix was able to hold on in the end for the win.

The Tigers fell behind early as Hendrix scored three runs on four hits in the second inning.  Hendrix then scored five runs in fifth to take an 8-0 lead before Trinity finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the sixth. 

After Hendrix answered with two more runs in the seventh, Trinity added a run in the eighth before a five-run ninth inning that left them just short.  Jordan Pennington's one-out grand slam led to a pitching change, and the new reliever promptly retired the next two batters to finish off the win.

Pennington was 3-4 with one run and five RBI in the game, hitting safely in his 19th consecutive game.  Stosh Hoover and Nick Pappas also enjoyed multi-hit games for the Tigers.  Hoover had a double and a triple and was 2-4, while Pappas was 2-3 with two doubles, and also had two runs and one RBI in the game.  Kyle Felix scored a pair of runs as well, going 1-3 at the plate.

Evan Bronson (1-1) was charged with the loss for Trinity, though he did record six strikeouts in five innings of work.  Ben Klimesh finished off the game with two scoreless innings for the Tigers, recording a pair of strikeouts.

Jeff Forgerson was 4-5 with three runs and four RBI to lead Hendrix, hitting a double and a home run in the game.  Matt Gaglio and Clark Sims also had two hits each.

Trinity and Hendrix will finish off the weekend series with a game tomorrow afternoon at E.M. Stevens Field.  The Tigers will then travel to Round Rock, Texas, facing off against Concordia (TX) University at Dell Diamond - home of Minor League Baseball's Round Rock Express.


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