Seguin, Texas – The #1 Tiger baseball team split a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at #12 Texas Lutheran on Saturday.
Trinity lost the opening game 8-4 after its ninth-inning rally fell short, but the Tigers bounced back with a 5-3 comeback win in the series finale.
Game one started with Trinity scoring a run in the top of the first inning to take the early lead. The Tigers added another run in the fourth to make it a 2-0 game.
After being shut out for the first four innings, Texas Lutheran broke open the game with back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth to take an 8-2 lead.
The Tigers scored twice in the eighth to cut into the lead, then loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Texas Lutheran held on for the victory, though, as Trinity left all three runners on base.
The Bulldogs carried the momentum into the second game, scoring a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead over the Tigers.
After Trinity tied it 1-1 in the top of the fifth, Texas Lutheran answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go back in front 3-1.
The Tigers scored a run on three hits in the seventh, but stranded a pair of runners that could have tied the game. Trinity was not done scoring, though, putting together a three-run eighth inning to take the lead.
Texas Lutheran put the tying run on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but this time it was Trinity that held on for the win.
Trinity moves to 19-2 overall this season and 8-1 in SCAC play. The Tigers had won 12 consecutive games prior to the game one loss. Texas Lutheran is now 21-6 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.
James Nittoli (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up one earned run (three total) on four hits in 4.2 innings.
Ian Hussian (1-1) earned the win with five shutout innings of relief work in game two, allowing six hits and striking out four batters. Starter Kevin Flores allowed three runs on five hits over four innings, though just one of the runs was earned.
Rafe Chaumette piled up five hits in the two games, going 3-5 with a double and one RBI in the first, and then hitting 2-4 with a run scored in the finale.
Jack Vonderhaar came on as a pinch-hitter late in game two, finishing 2-2 with a double and two RBI in Trinity's win. Vonderhaar's two-run double in the eighth drove in the game-winning runs.
Trinity will travel to Georgetown, Texas, for a non-conference game at Southwestern (TX) University on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m.