March 24, 2009

Trinity Defeats Texas Lutheran to Split Season Series

San Antonio - The Tiger baseball team won its fifth straight game with a 14-6 non-conference victory over the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs Tuesday night at E.M. Stevens Field.

Trinity evened its record to 13-13 and Texas Lutheran now stands at 17-10. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 7-3 on Feb. 10 in Seguin. Since 1999, the two teams are now even, with a 9-9 mark in the series.

The Bulldogs struck first and took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But the Tigers slowly built up the lead, with three runs in each of the first and second innings. Trinity scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth and five in the seventh to lead 14-1. Texas Lutheran rallied and put up one run in the eighth inning and scored four in the top of the ninth.

Tiger sophomore right-hander Noah Solomon was the starter and pitched three innings. Solomon gave up only one hit, one run (earned), two walks and struck out two batters. Junior right-hander Eric Binder entered in the fourth inning and hurled five innings. Binder, who picked up the victory, improved to 1-3. He allowed one hit, one run (earned), no walks and struck out a batter. The Tiger pitching staff was effective, as the Bulldogs did not get a hit until the third inning. Their next hit came in the eighth inning.

Trinity scored 13 earned runs, cracked 16 hits, made two errors and left eight players on base. Texas Lutheran scored six earned runs, had four hits, one error and left four players on base.

Tiger junior first baseman Evan Jones hit 4-5, with two RBIs and a double. Senior left fielder Jordan Pennington batted 3-5 with three RBIs, a double and three runs. Senior shortstop Stosh Hoover went 1-4 with three RBIs, drew a walk and scored two runs. Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Felix, who also smacked a double, went 2-5 with an RBI and one run. John Paillet, a sophomore center fielder, was productive, going 2-3 with an RBI and scoring two runs.

Bulldog catcher Landon Lee batted 1-3 with one RBI and scored one run, along with hitting a double. Louis Lee was the starting pitcher and took the loss, in 1 1/3 innings of work. Lee is now 1-2.

Trinity travels to Conway, Ark., for a three-game SCAC series Saturday and Sunday with the Hendrix College Warriors. The Tigers (4-4 SCAC), will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday.


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