Sherman, Texas -- The third-ranked Trinity Tigers baseball team opened defense of its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a 9-1 victory over the Austin College Kangaroos Saturday at Baker Field.
A doubleheader was originally scheduled, but a single game was played because of inclement weather. The two teams will wrap up the weekend series on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
Trinity (13-1) won its ninth straight game, while Austin College dropped to 2-10 on the season.
First baseman Nick Jewett opened the scoring in the game with a solo home run, his first of the season, in the second inning. The Tigers blasted open the game with a five-run sixth inning, anchored by an RBI single by shortstop Christian Muscarello. Outfielder Jeremy Wolf cracked an RBI double, and RBI were also credited to outfielders Pat Hirschberg and Austin Singer, along with designated hitter Drew Butler in the inning.
Muscarello batted 3-4 with an RBI, with a double and three runs scored. Hirschberg hit 2-4 with two RBI and two runs, while Singer went 2-4 with an RBI.
Pitcher Ryan Gray (2-0) hurled for eight innings and struck out 14 Kangaroo batters. Gray allowed only two hits - the total for Austin College in the game - four walks, and one earned run.
By contrast, the Tigers belted out 13 hits in the game and scored five earned runs.