Tyler, Texas - A three-game road weekend for the seventh-ranked Trinity baseball team began with a 5-2 loss at the University of Texas-Tyler on Friday night.
A bases-clearing double keyed a four-run third inning for UT-Tyler. That marked the only hit of the inning for the home team, which took advantage of five walks issued by Trinity pitching.
Trinity put together a two-run fifth inning to cut the lead in half, but the Patriots struck back with another run in the bottom of the inning to make it a 5-2 lead after five.
Neither team would score again, though Trinity left five runners on base over the last four innings, most notably when the Tigers left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
A two-out single put the tying run on base for Trinity in the ninth, but UT-Tyler was able to escape the inning unscathed.
The Tigers now stand at 2-4 on the season, while the Patriots improved to 3-1. UT-Tyler beat Trinity 6-2 in the season-opener on February 10.
The Tigers continue their East Texas swing on Saturday in Longview, taking on LeTourneau University at 2:00 p.m.