Cleburne, Texas - The fourth-ranked Tiger baseball team was eliminated from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 4-0 loss to Centenary (LA) College on Saturday afternoon.
The top two teams in the SCAC during the regular season found themselves in a pitcher's duel that was scoreless until the sixth inning.
Centenary scored all four of its runs in the top of the sixth, pairing three hits with two Tiger errors and a walk.
Trinity was held hitless until the fifth inning, but strung together a pair of hits in the inning. The Tigers stranded two runners in the fifth and had another runner thrown out at the plate.
Over the last four innings, Trinity had just one runner in scoring position.
Trinity falls to 33-9 on the season, going 0-2 at the SCAC Tournament for the first time since 2003. Centenary improved to 25-15 this year with the win and will face Southwestern (TX) University later tonight in continued tournament play. The winner of tonight's game will face Texas Lutheran in tomorrow's SCAC Championship game.
John Tucker picked up three of Trinity's five hits, going 3-4 with a team-leading 15th double of the year.
Case Williams (3-1) allowed just one run on four hits over five-plus innings and took the loss. Jeff Lonnecker pitched the final four innings, giving up one earned run - three total - on two hits and struck out four batters.
Trinity will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Playoffs and the tournament field will be selected on Sunday, May 13.