San Antonio - The Tiger baseball
team swept a three-game SCAC baseball series with the Southwestern
University Pirates Saturday - and qualified for the SCAC Championship
tournament - in a 1-0, 10-inning victory at E.M. Stevens Field.
Tiger sophomore center fielder John Paillet
singled to the left side and drove in senior pinch runner Jason Ralph
with two outs in the 10th inning. Ralph substituted on base
for senior left fielder Jordan Pennington, who had drawn a walk.
Trinity (19-17, 10-7 SCAC) will play in the
six-team, double-elimination SCAC Championship April 23-26 at Millsaps
College in Jackson, Miss.. The Tigers, defending SCAC champions, are in
second place in the conference West Division, two games ahead of
Southwestern and Hendrix, each tied for third place. The two teams stand
at 15-20 and 8-9 SCAC. Millsaps is the division leader with a 30-4
overall record and a 13-4 conference mark.
The Tigers won Friday’s doubleheader 10-0
(seven innings) and the second game 6-2. Trinity and Southwestern split
two games in March in Georgetown, Texas, and the Tigers won the season
Saturday’s 2-hour, 40-minute game was
definitely a pitcher’s duel. The Tigers had six hits and the Pirates
were limited to one.
Tiger junior right-hander Mike Hunter
pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one hit (in the fifth inning), no runs
and four walks. He struck out five batters. Sophomore right-handed
pitcher Mike Panozzo hurled the final 4 2/3 innings and yielded only one
walk, while striking out two hitters. Panozzo earned the win and
improved to 5-1.
Trinity’s first hit came in the third
inning, as senior second baseman Jeff Claydon singled up the middle. The
Tigers had two hits in the fourth inning, singles by senior shortstop
Stosh Hoover and Pennington. Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jackson
doubled down the right field line in the ninth inning for the fifth hit.
Then came the bottom of the 10th inning.
Following Pennington’s walk and Ralph’s substitution, junior first
baseman Evan Jones hit a SAC bunt as Ralph advanced to second base.
Senior catcher Steven Ramos singled to right field and the speedy Ralph
moved to third base. Ramos stole second, followed by Paillet’s
Trinity committed three errors and left
five players on base. Southwestern made no errors and stranded nine
The Tigers will conclude their
regular-season home schedule Tuesday by hosting Schreiner University at
7 p.m. in a non-conference game.