San Antonio - The third-ranked Trinity baseball team opened its three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series with an 8-7 loss to Centenary (LA) College on Friday night.
The Gents started off strong in the first by scoring five runs on three hits, as well as capitalizing on two walks and a hit batter in the inning.
The Tigers scored twice after loading the bases to start the second inning, but three runners left on base kept the home team from an even bigger inning.
Trinity added another run in the third, then Rafe Chaumette hit a two-run double to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth.
Centenary answered immediately with three runs on three hits in the top of the fifth to reclaim the lead.
Mason Meredith drove in runs in the sixth and eighth innings to make it a one-run game, but Trinity left two runners on in the eighth and was retired in order in the ninth to end the game.
Trinity lost its fourth straight game and now stands at 17-7 on the season and 4-3 in the SCAC. Centenary improved to 13-14-1 and 5-2 in conference play.
Logan Morrison tied a team season-high by scoring three runs, reaching base three times in five plate appearances as the Tiger leadoff man.
Trinity was unable to take full advantage of Centenary's five errors and seven walks issued, leaving 11 runners on base in the game.
Arjun Thakar (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on four hits, but he did manage five strikeouts in his 4.0 innings of relief work.
Carter Fronk struck out four batters over the final 4.2 innings, yielding one run on a pair of hits.
The Tigers and Gents will play a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.