San Antonio – Trinity's fourth-ranked baseball team held on for a wild 14-12 win over Endicott (MA) College on Saturday afternoon.
Endicott picked up four runs on five hits in the first two innings to take the early 4-0 advantage over the Tigers.
After going down in order in the bottom of the first, Trinity's offense took command of the game with a nine-run second inning. The Tigers got just four hits in the inning, but took advantage of six walks and a hit batter to take a 9-4 lead.
The Gulls left five runners on base over the next three innings, while Trinity continued to extend its lead with single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth to go in front 12-4.
Endicott got a two-out rally going in the sixth, bringing in a run and then loading the bases to threaten Trinity's lead. The Tigers escaped with minimal damage, though, and the game stayed 12-5.
Trinity's offense added two more runs in the sixth to make it five consecutive scoring innings and took a 14-5 lead into the final three innings.
Endicott chipped away for another run in the seventh to make it 14-6, then rallied for five runs on four hits in the eighth to make it a 14-11 game going into the bottom of the eighth.
Trinity was unable to add to the lead in the eighth, allowing the Gulls to make one final push for the win. Endicott loaded the bases with one out, then scored on a fielder's choice to make it 14-12 with runners on the corners.
Tiger closer Jeff Lonnecker came into the game and got a strikeout looking on a 3-2 pitch to pick up the save.
Trinity improve to 6-1 after its fourth consecutive victory, while Endicott falls to 0-2 to start the season.
Michael Goodrich went 2-3 with three walks to reach base in five of his six plate appearances, scoring three runs and driving in two more.
James Nittoli (3-0) earned the win on the hill, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings and striking out four batters.
Jeff Lonnecker picked up his first save of the season by getting the final out of the game. Lonnecker came on with two outs and the tying run on first base.
The Tigers and Gulls will wrap up the three-game weekend series on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.