March 7, 2009

Tigers Fall in SCAC Series Opener at Southwestern

Georgetown, Texas - The Southwestern University Pirates opened a two-game SCAC series with a 4-2 win over the Tigers Saturday at Rockwell Field.

Trinity, the defending SCAC champion, stands at 7-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play. The Pirates improved to 9-10 and 2-3 SCAC.

The Pirates got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning as catcher Michael Murphy hit a SAC fly to left field off the Tigers Evan Bronson, driving in center fielder Todd Boone. Trinity answered with a run in the top of the second inning, on a RBI single to center field by first baseman Evan Jones. He drove in left fielder Jordan Pennington for the run.

Pennington hit safely in his 23rd consecutive game. He paced the Tigers, going 3 for 4 with one RBI, two doubles and one run. Jones went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Trinity took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning as Pennington doubled to right field, sending catcher Kyle Felix across the plate. But Southwestern countered at the bottom of the inning as third baseman Ricky Gomez singled to center field and drove in right fielder John Wooten.

In the seventh inning, the Pirates took the lead for good, with two runs, on RBIs by left fielder Alan Lowry and first baseman Kyle Belski. Lowry batted 3 for 4 with an RBI and scored one run.

Pirates pitcher Wes Willis went the distance and improved to 4-2. Bronson, who hurled seven inning and struck out six batters, took the loss. He dropped to 1-2.

Trinity had two earned runs, seven hits, committed no errors and left five players on base. Southwestern scored four earned runs, cracked eight hits, made no errors and stranded nine players.

The two teams conclude their series at 2 p.m. Sunday.


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