San Antonio – Trinity's sixth-ranked baseball team broke a tie in the bottom of the ninth to take a 5-4 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Schreiner (TX) University on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers put runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-4 game. Schreiner got the first out on a hit-and-run that left runners on second and third.
Schreiner got the scoring started with two unearned runs in the first inning, taking advantage of a Trinity error and a single.
The Tigers took the lead with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Jake Martin's two-RBI double that put Trinity in front 3-2. Trinity did miss a chance at even more runs, though, leaving the bases loaded.
Trinity added another run in the bottom of the third on Michael Goodrich's RBI single, but that would prove to be the last hit for the Tigers until the seventh inning.
Schreiner tied the game with two runs on three hits and another Trinity error in the sixth, but failed to take the lead despite having the bases loaded with just one out.
Trinity also missed several chances to pull back in front, leaving two runners on in both the seventh and eighth.
James Nittoli pitched the final two innings without allowing a base runner to set up the dramatics in the bottom of the ninth.
Trinity improves to 29-9 this season with the win, as well as holding a 13-4 record in SCAC play. Schreiner falls to 12-24 overall and 5-9 in conference.
Jake Martin hit his 14th double of the season to extend his team lead, finishing the day 2-5 with two RBI and was the only Tiger player with more than one hit in the game.
Jeff Lonnecker struck out eight batters over 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, though just two of the runs were earned.
Nittoli (6-0) earned the win after retiring six consecutive batters at the end of the game.
Trinity and Schreiner will finish off the series tomorrow at 12:00 p.m., which will also be Senior Day for nine Tiger seniors.