San Antonio – The fourth-ranked Tiger baseball team opened up a three-game series with an 8-1 win over Endicott (MA) College on Friday night.
The two teams battled through three scoreless innings during which each team had just one hit. Endicott took advantage of a Tiger error and a key base hit to bring in the first run of the game with two outs in the top of the fourth.
Trinity answered in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk, a stolen base, a passed ball, and a wild pitch that tied the game 1-1 after five.
In the sixth, the Tigers took their first lead of the game with three runs on four hits to make it a 4-1 advantage. Jake Martin led off the inning with a double, followed two batters later by a two-run home run from Michael Goodrich. Brannen Caraway got a two-out single to finish off the prolific inning.
Trinity added a run on a bases-loaded single from Goodrich in the seventh, then broke the game open with three more runs in the eighth. Mason Meredith drove in two runs on his second double of the game, then Logan Morrison finished off the scoring with his RBI single.
Trinity improved its record to 5-1 this season, while Endicott was playing its season opener Friday night.
Corey Cater (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Trinity, pitching 3.1 shutout innings, striking out four batters, and allowing just one hit.
Mark Tindall was saddled with a no-decision after striking out six batters over 4.2 innings of work. Tindall allowed a run (unearned) on three hits and didn't issue a walk.
The Tigers and Gulls return to the field for game two of the series at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.