Belton, Texas - The Tiger baseball team couldn't hang on to an early lead in a 9-7 road loss at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) on Tuesday night.
Trinity exploded for five runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Joey Pecoraro. The Tigers managed just two more runs the rest of the way, scoring single runs in the third and sixth.
Mary Hardin-Baylor scored in five different innings, beginning with a single run in the bottom of the first. The Crusaders added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 6-4 game, and then answered the final Tiger run with two more scores to cut the lead to 7-6.
The Tigers gave up the lead for the first time in the game during the bottom of the seventh inning, allowing a pair of runs. Mary Hardin-Baylor finished off the scoring with an insurance run in the eighth.
A leadoff single in the top of the ninth brought the tying run to the plate for Trinity, but UMHB struck out the side to earn the victory.
Trinity out-hit UMHB 11-10 in the game, but five Tiger errors led to four unearned runs in the game.
Trinity now stands at 6-6 on the season, while Mary Hardin-Baylor improved to 2-5. The Tigers beat the Crusaders 12-2 on February 19 in Tyler, Texas, The two teams will meet again April 4 at the Trinity Baseball Field.
Andrew Hoffman (0-2) was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Trinity, pitching the final 2.2 innings of the game. Hoffman allowed three runs on four hits, but none of the runs were earned.
Trinity makes its home debut at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, hosting Babson (MA) College. The game is the first of a three-game weekend series between the two teams.