April 24, 2009

Trinity Run-Rules Centre to Advance in SCAC Tournament

Jackson, Mississippi - The defending champion Trinity Tigers baseball team remained undefeated at the SCAC Championship tournament Friday after a 14-4, eight-inning run-rule victory over the Centre College Colonels at Smith-Wills Stadium.

Trinity (23-19), seeded No. 2 in the West Division, upped its tournament record to 2-0 at the double-elimination event. The Tigers will take on Hendrix, No. 3 in the West, at noon Saturday. Hendrix, also undefeated, eliminated host Millsaps (No. 1 in the West) in a 9-8 upset.

The Tigers tied the game with Centre (No. 3 East) with one run in each of the first and second innings. Shortstop Stosh  Hoover provided the first RBI with a single. In the second inning, second baseman Jeff Claydon picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Trinity took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the fourth. Right fielder Dylan Early and third baseman Kevin Jackson each had RBI singles. The Colonels added two runs in the fifth, but that would be it for Centre. Trinity designated hitter Nick Pappas accounted for two of the runs in the fifth, with an RBI double. The Tigers added four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Claydon’s two-RBI single to left field. Claydon batted 2-3 withg four RBIs and scored one run. Left fielder Jordan Pennington homered to right field in the seventh inning, and first baseman Evan Jones singled for an RBI. The Tigers picked up two runs in the inning. The game winner came in the eighth, as Pennington doubled to right center for an RBI.

Pennington batted 4-6 with three RBIs and three runs. Jackson went 3-6 with an RBI and Jones hit 3-5 with an RBI. Pappas hit 2-3 with two RBIs and scored three runs. Felix scored four runs in the game.

Right-hander Mike Hunter started the game and was relieved in the fifth by right-handed pitcher Weston Haaf, who earned the victory. Haaf (2-0) allowed only two hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.

The Tigers scored 14 runs, on 19 hits, while committing three errors. Centre had four runs, on seven hits, with two errors.


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