Sherman, Texas – The second-ranked Tiger baseball team opened a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend series by sweeping a doubleheader at Austin (TX) College on Saturday.
Trinity opened the Saturday doubleheader with a lopsided 26-4 victory, which was shortened to just seven innings due to the run rule. The Tigers finished the day with a 17-9 win over Austin.
The Tigers opened the weekend series with a pair of runs in the first, followed by a four-run second that put the visitors out in front 6-0.
The fourth inning saw Trinity push across six runs to double its lead, including a three-run home run by Jake Martin.
After Austin broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers answered with three more scores in the fifth, beginning with a two-run shot by Parker Cormack.
In the sixth inning, Martin and Cormack both homered again as part of a 10-run inning to give Trinity a 25-1 lead. Martin began the scoring with a two-run homer and Cormack's grand slam finished the prolific inning.
Austin scored another run in the bottom of the sixth, but Jack Wisniewski hit the fifth roundtripper of the day for the Tigers to make it a 26-2 game in the seventh. The Kangaroos scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but the Trinity lead was way too much to overcome.
Trinity started game two much more slowly, beginning with one run in the second and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Austin took its first lead of the day with five runs in the bottom of the third inning, but the Tigers answered back with three runs of their own to go back in front 6-5. The inning began with the third homer of the day for Martin.
The Kangaroos tied the game at 6-6 with another run in the sixth, though that lead was short-lived once again. Trinity began the scoring with a two-RBI double off the bat of Cormack, leading to a five-run inning and an 11-6 Tiger lead.
Rafe Chaumette hit a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh to extend Trinity's lead to 13-6, then the Tigers added three more runs in the eighth to take a 10-run advantage.
Austin scored twice in the bottom of the inning to avoid the run rule, but it would not be enough to complete a comeback. Both teams added one final score in the ninth to account for the final score.
Trinity extended its win streak to 10 games, improving to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in SCAC play. Austin falls to 6-8 on the year as well as 0-2 in conference.
The Tigers hammered out 20 hits to score 26 runs in the first game, which is the most runs scored by a Trinity team in the SCAC era (since 1992).
Jake Martin and Parker Cormack led Trinity's potent offense with two home runs each, seven combined runs scored, and 13 total RBI between the two hitters. Cormack was 2-4 with four runs scored and six RBI.
Martin was 4-4 with three runs scored and seven RBI, which is the most RBI in a single game by a Tiger player since Kyle Felix hit the same total against Austin College in 2011.
Zach Oretsky went 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Blake Frampton scored three times.
Nearly lost in the offensive shuffle was another top-notch performance by starter Kevin Flores. Flores improved to 5-0 on the season after giving up one run on six hits over four innings, striking out four batters without allowing a walk.
James Nittoli started game two for the Tigers, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18.2 before giving up five runs in the third inning against Austin.
Martin continued his solid day with a 3-5 performance in game two, driving in three more runs and scoring twice. He also hit his third homer of the day.
Chaumette also went deep in the Saturday finale, going 2-5 with four RBI. Cormack added two more RBI and two runs scored to his day's total.
Jeff Lonnecker (2-0) earned the win with 5.2 innings of relief, giving up just one earned run on four hits, and striking out 10 batters.
Trinity and Austin will wrap up the three-game SCAC series with a single game on Sunday at noon.