Cleburne, Texas – The fourth-ranked Tiger baseball team bounced back from an earlier loss with a 4-2 win over Southwestern (TX) University at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday night.
Trinity got the scoring started in the top of the third inning, picking up a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs.
Rafe Chaumette drove in the only run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, but the Tigers missed out on a big inning with Southwestern avoiding any further damage.
The Pirates quickly capitalized with two runs in the bottom half of the inning that put them in front 2-1 in the game.
Jack Wisniewski singled in a run in the fourth to tie the game up and neither team scored again until the seventh.
Trinity started the seventh inning with back-to-back walks and eventually took the 3-2 lead on Jake Martin's infield single. Southwestern once again escaped the big inning by stranding two runners on and keeping it a one-run game.
Another leadoff walk led to an insurance run in the eighth for the Tigers, as Dalys Binder put Trinity up 4-2 with a single up the middle.
Southwestern got a leadoff single in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Trinity was able to stop any thoughts of a rally with three straight outs to win the game.
Trinity improves its overall record to 32-10 this season, while Southwestern falls to 24-19 on the year.
The Tigers leads the overall series with an 87-56 record against Southwestern (since 1992), which includes an 11-6 mark in SCAC Tournament play. Trinity also won its eighth consecutive tournament meeting with the Pirates.
Ian Hussian (5-3) pitched 7.0 shutout innings in relief to earn the victory, allowing just three hits and recording three strikeouts.
Jack Wisniewski led the charge on offense, going 3-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Jake Martin was the only other Tiger player with more than one hit, finishing 2-5 with one RBI in the game. He is now tied for second on the team with 36 RBI this season.
Trinity advances to Sunday's SCAC Championship game against #9 Texas Lutheran University at 1:00 p.m. The Tigers must win to force a winner-take-all second game for the conference title.