Tyler, Texas – The 21st-ranked Trinity baseball team finished off its first day of action at the Clements Fluid Classic with a 15-5 win over host University of Texas-Tyler on Friday night.
The Tigers were once again on fire at the plate, following up an 11-hit barrage earlier in the day with 15 runs on 19 hits to earn the win over Tyler.
Trinity scored in each of the first five innings of the game to take a 9-0 lead, then added six insurance runs in the final two innings to secure the victory.
The Tigers opened with a three-run first inning, piling up three hits to jump ahead before Tyler even came to the plate. Trinity then added another run in the second, followed by a two-run third to keep the streak going.
Another run in the fourth made it 7-0, and after two more in the fifth, the Tigers were finally held scoreless for the first time in the game in the top of the sixth.
Tyler finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits to claw back into the game. The Tigers swiped two of those runs back in the eighth, then hammered out four runs on three hits in the ninth to close out the game.
Trinity remained unbeaten at 4-0 so far this season, while Tyler fell to 3-2 overall.
Kevin Flores (2-0) earned the win after giving up three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings and striking out nine batters. His first strikeout of the night came in the first inning, which was also the 100th strikeout of his career.
Six different Tiger players had multi-hit games, led by a 4-5 night from Michael Goodrich, including a double and a triple. Goodrich added two runs scored and three RBI.
John Tucker picked up three hits in the game, giving him a total of five hits overall on Friday. Tucker also scored two runs and drove in a team-high four RBI.
Barring any weather-related changes, the Tigers will finish off the weekend with a game against East Texas Baptist University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.