Jackson, Mississippi - The Trinity
Tigers are headed to their 14th SCAC Championship game.
Trinity (24-20), the defending conference
champion, will take on Hendrix at noon Sunday at Smith-Wills Stadium. If
the once-beaten Tigers are victorious, a second game will become
necessary, at about 3:30 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
The Tigers started Saturday with a 9-7 loss
to Hendrix, which is undefeated in the tournament. The Warriors have
been the giant killers, knocking off DePauw and the host Millsaps
Majors. But Trinity has been pretty brutal itself, as the Tigers shut
out the Centre College Colonels 16-0 in Saturday’s second game (run
rule). Trinity previously beat Rhodes 11-3 and Centre 14-4.
At stake on Sunday will be the conference’s
automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.
The Tigers made their case on Saturday
against Centre, by scoring 16 runs on 11 hits, with no errors over seven
innings. Centre, which scattered six hits, made two errors.
Trinity’s pitcher of record was
right-hander Ben Klimesh (1-6) who hurled for six innings. Klimesh
allowed five hits, one walk and fanned five batters.
Offensively, second baseman Jeff Claydon
might take the prize. Claydon batted 2-3 with four RBIs, a double, two
walks and three runs. Another contender could be designated hitter Kyle
Felix, who hit 2-5 with three RBIs, two doubles and two runs.
But, first baseman Evan Jones would
definitely have to be considered. Jones batted 1-2 with two RBIs, two
walks and two runs. What distinguishes Jones is the fact that he tied
the tournament hits record, picking up his 12th of the event.