San Antonio - The sixth-ranked Tiger baseball team earned its eighth consecutive victory by beating DeSales University 8-5 on Thursday night.
Trinity improved to 14-2 on the season with the win, while DeSales fell to 2-4 in 2013. The Tigers scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to break a 5-5 tie and secure the victory.
In the first inning, Trinity took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Christian Muscarello, but DeSales answered quickly with a run in the following frame. The Bulldogs scored on a wild pitch after loading the bases with no outs.
The teams then traded runs again in the next two half-innings, keeping the game tied 2-2. In the fifth, it looked as if Trinity had taken control with a three-run inning, but DeSales rallied once again for three runs of its own to make it 5-5.
Nick Griffith then drove in Pat Hirschberg for the eventual game-winning run in the seventh, following Hirschberg's leadoff double off the wall in left field. Hirschberg finished 3-5 in the game, scoring two runs. Griffith was 1-3 for the Tigers with one run and one RBI.
Ryan Schweers picked up a pair of hits to go with two runs scored, while Kelly Woodruff was 1-2 with one RBI. Muscarello also picked up a pair of hits, going 2-5 in the game.
Matthew Abrahams gave up just two hits in 2.1 innings on the mound for the Tigers, earning the win to improve to 1-0 this season. Theodore Turner came on in relief of Abrahams in the ninth, striking out the side to earn the save.
Trinity will hit the road this weekend, resuming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Tigers and Gents will play a three-game weekend series on Saturday and Sunday.