Longview, Texas - The seventh-ranked Trinity baseball team hammered out 17 hits on its way to a 13-7 victory at LeTourneau (TX) University on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity grabbed the lead with two runs on three extra-base hits in the top of the third inning, then piled on three more scores in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.
LeTourneau answered in a big way in the bottom of the fourth, stringing together six runs on six hits to take its first lead of the ball game, at 6-5.
The Tigers quickly reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, then used three more extra-base hits to notch a six-run inning and take a comfortable 13-6 lead.
LeTourneau got a run back in the seventh, but would get no more against Trinity pitchers that allowed just two hits over the final five innings.
The Tiger offense had seven extra-base hits in the game, and each player in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the game. Five Trinity batters had multi-hit games in the win.
Jeff Lonnecker picked up the win in relief for the Tigers, allowing one unearned run on two hits over three innings, and striking out seven batters.
Zachary Oretsky was one of three players with three hits in the game, going 3-4 with two runs and two RBI, and collecting his first triple of the season. Logan Morrison was 3-6 with two doubles and two RBI, while Michael Davis was 3-4 with a double.
James Nittoli started the game on the mound for Trinity, allowing five runs on five hits, though just two of the runs were earned. Nittoli also had five strikeouts in the game, while Dylan McGee and Ian Hussian each struck out two batters in their respective innings.
The Tigers will remain in East Texas for another day, facing off against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) on Sunday at noon. The game will be played at the University of Texas-Tyler.