Cleburne, Texas – Trinity's fourth-ranked baseball team opened up its part in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 6-3 loss to #13 Texas Lutheran University.
Texas Lutheran got off to a quick start with single runs in the first and second innings, picking up two-out hits in each inning to take the 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs doubled the score with runs in the fifth and sixth innings as well, taking advantage of a leadoff double and a leadoff triple.
Trinity finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, rallying with two outs and taking advantage of a Texas Lutheran error to cut the lead in half.
The Tigers picked up another run on two more hits in the eighth to make it a 4-3 deficit, but Texas Lutheran answered with runs in the eighth and ninth to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Trinity had several runners in the final half-inning, but the Bulldogs held on for the win to close the first day of tournament action.
Trinity falls to 33-8 with the loss, while Texas Lutheran improves to 32-9 on the year. The two teams have now split four meetings this season.
Rafe Chaumette finished the game 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored, moving into second on the team this season with 13 doubles on the year.
Blake Frampton also had a double among two hits in the game and was the only other Tiger player with at least two hits.
Brendan Meyer (6-2) suffered the loss for Trinity, allowing four runs on seven hits through 5.1 innings of work.
Trinity will face off against top seed Centenary (LA) College in an elimination game tomorrow. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.