San Antonio – The fourth-ranked Trinity baseball team opened up its 2019 season with a 9-8 win over eighth-ranked SUNY Cortland on Saturday afternoon.
Cortland jumped on top of Trinity early in the game, taking a 2-0 lead after recording a pair of first-inning doubles.
The Red Dragons added two more runs in the fourth on the strength of three consecutive two-out hits for a commanding 4-0 lead.
After going down in order the first three innings, Trinity's offense came to life in the bottom of the fourth. The Tigers put the first two runners on base that led to an RBI groundout for the first run, then took advantage of a two-out error to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
Jake Martin's leadoff double got the Tigers going again in the sixth, eventually leading to two more runs that tied the game. Trinity once again benefitted from a two-out error that knotted things up 4-4.
Trinity took its first lead with Michael Goodrich's two-out double that knocked in a pair of runs in the seventh, then another Cortland error brought in a third run to put the Tigers in front 7-4.
Cortland answered in a big way in the top of the eighth, picking up a two-run double of its own and taking advantage of two Trinity errors to reclaim the lead 8-7.
In the ninth, Martin got the rally started with a leadoff single that was followed by a walk from Chaumette to put the winning run on base.
John Tucker tied the game two batters later with a single up the middle, then Dalys Binder hit a shallow fly ball the center. Chaumette was tagging on the play to try and steal the winning run, but he walked in easily after a dropped fly ball ended the game.
Trinity improves to 17-4 in season openers under Head Coach Tim Scannell, while Cortland suffers a season-opening loss.
The two teams also met twice in the 2016 NCAA Division III World Series, with Trinity winning 9-7 and 5-2 on its way to the NCAA Championship.
Jake Martin went 3-5 with three runs scored to lead the Tigers to victory. He had a double among his three hits and also stole a base.
John Tucker was 2-5 with two RBI and a run scored, including a game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth.
Mark Tindall struck out four batters in the game, but left in the fourth after allowing four runs on five hits.
Brian Cardone threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit, while Corey Cater (1-0) earned the win after finishing off the final 2.2 innings. Cater matched Tindall's four strikeouts, but gave up four runs on two hits – though only two of the runs were earned.
With today's second game washed out, the Tigers and Red Dragons will try and fit in a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 10:00 a.m.