Sherman, Texas - The sixth-ranked Tiger baseball team swept a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Austin College on Friday, winning 13-3 and 18-1.
Trinity improved to 31-7 this season, as well as 13-4 in conference action. Austin fell to 13-24 overall, and 2-15 in the SCAC. The 18-run effort in game two marked the highest scoring output of the season for the Tigers, who have scored 10 or more runs in each of the last four contests.
"It was a great pitching performance by Troy Nelson in game one," said Head Coach Tim Scannell. "He had very good tilt, and was able to change plans with the breaking ball. We got big offensive games by Connor Moore, setting the table with a 4-4 performance, and Jeremy Wolf with a huge home run. Butler was huge with a 4-4, 3 RBI game as well. In game two, Teddy Turner was excellent with great down angle to his fastball and a very effective slider. Ryan Gray came in relief and was very good with fastball command, and an effective breaking ball with depth. Offensively Nick Jewett was outstanding with a 4-4 and 4 RBI game, and Brody Fehmel was 2-3 with a line drive swing all day."
The opening game featured 20 hits by Trinity, and was called after eight innings due to the run-rule. The Tigers scored a run in each of the first three innings, then scored eight total runs in the fourth and fifth to take command of the game. The Kangaroos actually tied the game 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the first, but wouldn't score again until the fifth, and Trinity led 11-1 by that time. The Tigers scored twice more in the top of the eighth to finish the scoring.
Three different players had four hits for Trinity, paced by a 4-4 performance from leadoff hitter Connor Moore. Moore also had three runs scored and three RBI. Drew Butler was also 4-4 with three RBI, while Andrew Waters was 4-5 at the plate.
Jeremy Wolf hit his team-leading 11th home run in the first game of the day, going 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Nick Jewett had two hits and three runs, while Brody Fehmel was 1-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Colin Serkowski also drove in a pair of runs for the Tiger offense.
Troy Nelson (5-1) earned the victory, striking out 11 batters over six innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits in the game, and was relieved by T.J. Garhart in the seventh. Garhart yielded just one hit over the final two innings to finish off the game.
The offense picked up right where it left off in game two, as the Tigers scored four runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. The game really turned in the third, as Trinity notched seven runs in the frame to pull ahead 11-0. Austin got on the board in the fourth, but the Tigers followed with five more runs in the next frame, and finished with a two-run seventh to finish the game.
Five Tiger players scored three runs in the second game, including Serkowski, Wolf, Butler, Jose Santos, and Jewett - the offensive star of the finale. Jewett went 4-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Serkowski was 2-2 with two walks, while Wolf and Santos also drew two walks each. Santos also drove in two runs, as did Butler, who was 2-5 at the plate. Brody Fehmel was 2-3 with three RBI, while Carter McEachern was 2-4 with three RBI.
Trinity pitchers Teddy Turner and Ryan Gray combined for the seven-inning win on the mound. Turner improved to 5-2 after five innings of one-hit ball, allowing one run. Gray gave up a pair of hits in two shutout innings to finish the night. The two Tigers struck out five batters each in the game as well.