Cleburne, Texas – Trinity's fourth-ranked baseball team held on for a wild 7-6 win in its opening game of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night.
After Centenary cut a five-run deficit to a 7-6 game in the ninth, Trinity escaped with the win on a game-ending double play.
The Tigers started the game with a three-run homer off the bat of Rafe Chaumette in the bottom of the first inning.
The Gents rallied with single runs in the third and fourth to make it a 3-2 ball game, but Trinity answered with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to take its biggest lead of the night at 7-2.
In the seventh, a Trinity error started another Centenary rally that ended with three runs on just one hit to close to 7-5 with two innings remaining.
Another Tiger error got things going in the ninth and was followed by an infield single to put the tying run on base with no outs.
Centenary made it a 7-6 game with another single, then Trinity got the first out of the inning on a fly ball to center field. The Gents were able to advance to third on the play, though, putting the tying run just 90 feet away.
Trinity improves to 31-9 this season with the win, which also snaps a three-game SCAC Tournament losing streak. Centenary fell to 18-22-1 on the year with the loss.
The Tigers had previously lost two straight SCAC Tournament games against Centenary, though Trinity now holds a 25-17 record against the Gents since 2007.
Rafe Chaumette was 2-3 with two runs and three RBI in the game, crushing his fifth homer of the season in the first inning.
Jack Wisniewski was the only other Trinity player with more than one hit, finishing 2-4 with a double and one RBI.
Brannen Carawy and Dalys Binder both scored a run and drove in another, while Binder also collected his ninth double of the season.
Jeff Lonnecker (4-1) picked up the victory on the mound for Trinity, allowing five runs on four hits over 6.1 innings, though just two of those runs were earned.
Corey Cater induced the game-ending double play from the only batter he faced, which earned him his team-leading fifth save of the season.
Trinity will face off against defending SCAC champion Texas Lutheran University tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.