San Antonio – Trinity's 15th-ranked baseball team suffered its first loss of the season in Friday night's 10-3 setback to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Trinity fell behind big early as MIT exploded to a 7-0 lead. The Engineers had four runs in the second and then three more in the third to take command of the game.
The Tigers got on the board in the fourth with a solo homer to left, then hitting back-to-back doubles and a run-scoring single. Trinity nearly broke open a big inning but was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning.
Trinity also had a shot to cut into the lead in the fifth, but the Tigers stranded the bases loaded and came away empty.
After MIT added another run in the seventh, Trinity answered with another RBI double to keep it an 8-3 lead heading into the final two innings.
MIT took advantage of a leadoff double to bring in a pair of insurance runs, and the Tigers were held scoreless in the eighth and ninth.
The Tigers fall to 6-1 as their season-opening six-game winning streak was snapped. Tonight marked the first game of the season for MIT.
Four Trinity hitters combined for eight hits in the game, but the Tigers managed just three runs scored despite holding an 11-10 edge in total hits.
After allowing seven runs in the first 2.1 innings, the Tiger pitching staff settled in with its relievers. Trinity had 10 strikeouts in 6.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs on seven hits.
Trinity and MIT will continue the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday, with the opening game beginning at 1:00 p.m.