March 28, 2009

Trinity Earns Doubleheader Split With Game Two Win

Conway, Arkansas - The Tigers won the seven-inning second game 7-6 of a SCAC doubleheader from the Hendrix College Warriors Saturday at Warrior Field.

Hendrix (11-18, 6-8 SCAC) won Saturdayís opener 5-4. Trinity now stands at 14-14 and 5-5 SCAC. The two teams are locked at 2-2 in the seasonís series, with the final game slated for noon Sunday. The Tigers and Warriors split two games on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Trinityís E.M. Stevens Field.

A pair of back-to-back home runs in the top of the seventh inning put the Tigers up 7-4. Sophomore catcher Kyle Felix swatted a walk-off solo homer, his fourth home run of the campaign, to start the inning.  Junior first baseman Evan Jones hit his third round-tripper of the season, on the next at-bat. Felix hit 2-3 with one RBI and scored one run. Jones was 1-4 with one RBI and a run.

The Warriors put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning, as second baseman Clark Sims grounded out to second for an RBI, and center fielder Daniel Ward hit a grounder to second.

Trinity led 1-0 in the game, as sophomore third baseman Kevin Jackson scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. Jackson batted 2-4 with a double (his seventh) and scored two runs. Hendrix evened the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning as left fielder Nathan Hill hit a SAC fly to right field.

The Tigers took a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, starting with a score by Jackson on a throwing error. Senior shortstop Stosh Hoover hit a double to right field (his 10th), scoring sophomore center fielder John Paillet. Senior designated hitter Jeremy Bays drove in Hoover with a single up the middle. Hoover batted 3-3 with two RBIs, a double, a triple (his fourth) and one run, along with drawing a walk.

Hendrix tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, keyed by a three-run home run to center field by Ward (his seventh). Ward batted 1-3 with four RBIs.

Trinity took a 5-4 lead as Hoover tripled to right field in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Paillet. Hoover batted 3-3 with two RBIs, a double, a triple (his fourth) and one run, along with drawing a walk.

Tiger sophomore right-hander Noah Solomon was the starter and the pitcher of record, hurling 6 2/3 innings. Solomon, who upped his record to 4-0, allowed two earned runs (six total), six hits, one walk and struck out five batters. Junior right-hander Mike Hunter pitched a third of inning and picked up his first save of the season.


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