Cleburne, Texas – The fourth-ranked and second-seeded Tiger baseball team was tripped up in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament by top seed and ninth-ranked Texas Lutheran University on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity was held hitless until the fourth inning and was limited to just four hits total in the game. The Tigers never had more than one base runner at a time until the ninth inning.
Trinity made some noise in the ninth with a leadoff single and a walk to chase the Texas Lutheran starter from the game, but the Bulldogs were able to get three straight outs to secure the critical win.
Texas Lutheran drove home a run in the bottom of the second to get the scoring started, then made it 2-0 with a bases-loaded single in the fourth. The Tigers were able to escape further damage with an inning-ending double play.
Trinity also got a double play to end the inning in the sixth to keep it a two-run game, but the offense stranded eight runners and was unable to mount a comeback.
Trinity falls to 31-10 with the loss, while Texas Lutheran improves to 31-10 and advances to Sunday's SCAC Championship game.
Texas Lutheran leads the overall series with a 35-31 record against Trinity, and the Bulldogs have won three of the four meetings this season.
Trinity falls to 5-2 against Texas Lutheran in SCAC Tournament play, though the losses have come in the last two meetings.
The Tigers were limited to just four hits against the Bulldogs, which is just the second time this season that the team has had less than five hits in a game.
Trinity was shut out for the first time since being eliminated from last year's SCAC Tournament.
Michael Goodrich reached base three times in the game, going 1-2 with a pair of walks.
Corey Cater (7-3) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Cater struck out three batters to increase his season total to a team-high 68 strikeouts.
The Tigers will move to an elimination game tonight at 7:00 p.m., facing off against the winner of this afternoon's game between #4 seed Southwestern (TX) University and #3 seed Centenary (LA) College.