Tyler, Texas - Trinity's baseball
team opened its 2009 season with a 9-5 loss to the University of
Texas-Dallas on Saturday afternoon at UT-Tyler.
Trinity (0-1) and UT-Dallas were tied at
five through five innings, but the Comets scored four times in the
seventh and eighth innings - highlighted by a three-run eighth - to hand
the Tigers only their second loss in a season opener under Head Coach
Tim Scannell. Coach Scannell began his 11th season tonight, having
coached the team since 1999.
The Tigers scored twice in both the first
and third innings to take a 4-1 lead, but UT-Dallas scored twice in the
third and fourth to go up 5-4 in the game. Trinity answered back
immediately with a game-tying run in the fifth, but the offense had just
three hits in the final four innings.
UT-Dallas scored the game-winning run on a
seventh-inning sacrifice fly, then a two-run homer and another sac fly
in the eighth accounted for the final score. Two Trinity errors
contributed to three unearned runs for UT-Dallas - including two of the
three runs in the eighth.
Evan Jones, who led the team with a batting
average over .400 last season, was 3-4 with three RBI to start the
season. Jones also broke school records with 25 doubles and 67 RBI
during the 2008 season.
Kevin Jackson had one hit, but scored two
runs. Stosh Hoover and Jordan Pennington also drove in runs for
Evan Bronson gave up four earned runs -
five overall - in six innings of work, striking out eight batters and
allowing seven hits. Clint Robertson (0-1) took the loss, giving
up four runs in the final two innings, though he allowed just one hit
and only two of the runs were earned.
Trinity will continue its opening weekend
this afternoon, taking on hosting UT-Tyler at 5:00 p.m. Tomorrow,
the weekend concludes with an afternoon matchup with UT-Tyler once
again. The Tigers do not return home until next weekend against