March 8, 2009

Trinity Rallies to Earn Series Split With Southwestern

Georgetown, Texas - The Tigers split a SCAC series with the Southwestern University Pirates by a 16-5 victory Sunday at Rockwell Field.

Trinity improved to 8-9 and 3-3 SCAC. Southwestern, which won Saturday’s game 4-2, now stands at 9-11 and 3-4 SCAC. The two teams will meet again April 10 (doubleheader) and 11 at E.M. Stevens Field.

The Pirates scored two runs at the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead. The Tigers tied the contest at 2-2 with runs at the yop of the third inning.

Then, in typical SCAC fashion, things got interesting.

Trinity scored two runs in the fourth inning and led 4-2. Southwestern closed the gap by a run in the fifth, and then held a 5-4 advantage with two runs in the sixth. That would be all for the Pirates, as the Tigers scored 12 runs over the final three innings, including nine in the ninth inning.

Left fielder Jordan Pennington extended his hitting streak to 24 games. Pennington batted 1 for 4 with two RBIs, two walks and one run. He also cracked a double, and upped his career mark to 35. Pennington, who has eight doubles this season, on Saturday became the Tigers active leader with his two doubles.

Third baseman Kevin Jackson had the biggest game of all players, going 6 for 7, with four RBIs, two doubles, three runs and a stolen base. Right fielder Chris Walden went 3 for 4 and scored one run. Center fielder John Paillet batted 3 for 6 with an RBI, two doubles and two runs.

Pitcher Noah Solomon entered the game in the sixth inning and picked up the win. Solomon (2-0) pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed no runs, two hits, no walks and fanned four batters.

Southwestern catcher Michael Murphy hit 4 for 5 and scored a run. Designated hitter Brent McMullen batted 3 for 4 with one RBI, a double and one run.

The Tigers scored 16 earned runs, blasted out 22 hits, committed no errors and left 13 players on base. Southwestern scored five earned runs, made 15 hit, committed two errors and stranded nine players.

Trinity will host Concordia University (Texas) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at E.M. Stevens Field.


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