Grand Prairie, Texas - Trinity's baseball team split its games on Saturday to advance to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Top seed Centenary (LA) College handed the Tigers a 5-3 loss to start the day, then Trinity earned a 4-3 win over Southwestern (TX) University in 10 innings to reach the final.
Centenary opened the day with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control early, then added another run in the third to go up 3-0.
Trinity got on the board with a run in the fourth, then tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth.
The Gents immediately answered with a run in the fifth, then added an insurance run in the seventh for a 5-3 lead. The Tigers put the leadoff runner aboard in the ninth, but a double play squashed any possible rally, and Centenary took the win.
In the game against Southwestern, it was Trinity that took the lead early, scoring runs in the second and fourth innings.
Southwestern tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers edged back in front with a run in the sixth.
In the bottom of the ninth, a one-out double by the Pirates led to the game-tying run on a throwing error.
Trinity reliever Chris Tate sent the game to extra innings by striking out the next two batters, though, stranding the potential winning run at second base.
The Pirates went down in order in the 10th, highlighted by a diving catch in left field by Chaumette, and Trinity survived to advance to the finals.
Trinity improves to 27-15 on the season, and will be seeking its fifth consecutive SCAC Championship. Southwestern fell to 21-21 after being eliminated from the tournament.
The Tigers will meet Centenary in the championship, and the sixth-ranked Gents are now 33-7 this season.
Chris Tate (5-3) allowed just one unearned run over 6.2 innings of relief against Southwestern, striking out 11 batters, and yielding just four hits to earn the win.
Trinity and Centenary will meet for the SCAC Championship game at noon on Sunday. The Tigers must win twice to win the title, while the Gents need just one win to earn the conference crown.