Belton, Texas – The 15th-ranked Tiger baseball team returned to action with a 9-6 road win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) on Tuesday night.
Trinity started off the game with a walk and a run scored in the top of the first, then scored twice more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Mary Hardin-Baylor strung together a pair of hits to go with a stolen base and a groundout to get on the board in the bottom of the third, then added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 3-2 Tiger lead.
After Trinity got back one of the runs in the top of the fifth, starting pitcher Brendan Meyer struck out the side in the home half of the inning to keep it a 4-2 game.
The Tigers then scored four runs on three hits – highlighted by Parker Cormack's two-run double – to pull away with an 8-2 lead in the sixth.
Mary Hardin-Baylor scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to four runs, though Trinity added an insurance run in the top of the ninth for a 9-4 lead heading into the final frame.
The Crusaders took advantage of a two-out error to score a pair of runs. Kevin Flores induced a fly out to end the game, though, and Trinity held on for the victory.
Trinity remains unbeaten at 6-0 this season, while Mary Hardin-Baylor fell to 2-5 on the year.
Meyer struck out eight in five-plus innings and improved his season record to 2-0, while Flores picked up his first save of the year. He finished with seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings to close out the game.
Logan Morrison drew three walks and was hit by a pitch to reach base four times, scoring four runs for the Tigers.
Parker Cormack had the game's only extra-base hit, which was a two-RBI double. Zach Oretsky also scored two Trinity runs.
Trinity will make its home debut on Friday, March 2, opening up the first of a four-game series with Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 6:00 p.m.