San Antonio - Trinity's baseball team split its home-opening doubleheader with Babson (MA) College on Friday, losing 8-4 in the first game, and winning the second 3-2 on a walk-off single in the ninth.
Pinch-hitter Rafe Chaumette laced a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to finish off the Friday twinbill.
Trinity singled and reached on an error to start the ninth, but a fielder's choice and a strikeout put Babson just one out away from escaping to extra innings. Chaumette's walk-off hit was the sixth hit of the game for the Tigers.
After a leadoff double in the bottom of the first, Trinity got on the board first to take the early advantage.
Babson was the beneficiary of two walks and an error in the third inning, scoring two runs without getting a hit, and the Beavers took a 2-1 lead. The Tigers tied the game on back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the inning, setting up the ninth-inning heroics.
Game one saw Trinity take a 2-0 lead on two Babson errors, combined with aggressive baserunning. The Tigers gave back a run in the third to make it 2-1, then the Beavers took the lead with two more scores in the fourth.
Babson opened the game up in the sixth, using a single, walk, and an error to load the bases with just one out. The Beavers knocked a grand slam to right field, then had a solo shot to left later in the inning to take a commanding 8-2 lead.
A two-run triple in the eighth cut into the lead, but Babson held on to win its first game of the season. The Tigers were held to just two hits in the game.
Trinity now stands at 7-7, while Babson is 1-1.
Rafe Chaumette drove in three runs in the two games, including the game-winner in the second matchup. He also had a two-RBI triple in the opener, which was his second of the season.
Scott Walters batted 2-3 with two doubles in the second game, while also reaching on a walk, and scoring a run.
Chris Tate (1-1) took the loss in the opener, striking out five batters over five innings of work. Ian Hussian pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to close the game, striking out four batters without allowing a hit.
James Nittoli took a no-decision in game two, lasting 6.1 innings to start the game for the Tigers. He allowed just one earned run (two total) on three hits, and recorded three strikeouts.
Kevin Flores remained unbeaten on the year, after earning the win in relief to move to 4-0 this season. Flores did not allow a run or a hit over the final 2.2 innings of the game.
The two teams will play a single game at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. The schedule was altered because of the threat of rain on Saturday.