Jackson, Mississippi - The defending
champion Trinity University Tigers came from behind to beat the Rhodes
College Lynx 11-3 Thursday in the opening day of the SCAC Baseball
Championship tournament at Smith-Wills Stadium.
Trinity (22-19), seeded No. 2 in the West
Division, will take on the winner of host Millsaps (No. 1 West) and
Centre (No. 3 East) at 7 p.m. Friday. The six-team, double-elimination
tournament continues through Sunday. Rhodes (25-15), No. 2 in the East,
plays DePauw on Friday. Hendrix (No. 3 West) upset DePauw (No. 1 East)
The Lynx took an early lead with three runs
in the second inning. But Trinity scored two runs in the top of the
third and never looked back. The runs came courtesy of senior shortstop
Stosh Hoover, who cracked his sixth homer of the season. Hoover batted
2-6 with two RBIs and scored two runs.
Trinity added three runs in the fifth
inning, starting with an RBI triple by junior first baseman Evan Jones.
Senior catcher Steven Ramos hit an RBI single and later scored on an
error by the Rhodes’ pitcher. Jones batted 3-4 with and RBI and two
runs. Ramos hit 3-5 with an RBI and two runs.
The flood gates opened in the sixth inning,
as the Tigers produced six runs. Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Felix
singled to center field for two RBIs. Senior second baseman Jeff Claydon
singled up the middle for two RBIs, and sophomore right fielder Dylan
Early accounted for two runs, with a double to right center.
Felix batted 3-5 with two RBIs and one run,
Claydon went 2-5 with two RBIs and a run, and Early hit 2-5 with two
RBIs. Senior left fielder Jordan Pennington went 3-5 and scored a pair
Senior left-hander Evan Bronson was the
starter, and pitched for four innings. Bronson allowed three runs, seven
hits, one walk and struck out one Lynx player. Sophomore right-hander
Mike Panozzo entered the game in fifth inning and picked up the victory.
Panozzo (7-1), who hurled for three innings, gave up only one hit in the
process, while gaining a strikeout.
Trinity scored 11 runs, exploded for 21
hits and committed one error. Rhodes scored three runs, on nine hits,
and made one error. The Tigers left 10 players on base and the Lynx