San Antonio - The Tiger softball team opened up a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader sweep against Austin College on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-0 and 8-1.
Senior pitcher Kaci Wellik (11-5) tossed a no-hitter in the opening game, striking out nine batters, and allowing just one baserunner over the seven-inning victory. It marks the 14th no-hitter in Trinity softball history, and the first for a Tiger pitcher since teammate Katie Castillon threw one against Schreiner in 2014.
"Games like that are so fun for me," said Wellik after her first career no-hitter. "I know my defense. I would say otherwise, because they were probably a bit bored out there. But I love pushing my limits to see what I am capable of. I’m really quite competitive with myself. I was happy to get my first collegiate no-hitter, but I wish I could have pulled out the perfect game, as well. I was so close. As for my team, they made several great plays on defense to back me up. Both Hilary and Becca made great plays. I have so much confidence in my teammates, that they will back me up when I’m on the mound, and I was really appreciative and proud of our stellar defense today. Timely hits also helped us out in the first game, and warmed us up to dominate offensively in the second game."
Trinity got on the board with an unearned run in the second inning of that game, as Sara McCarty doubled home the eventual winning run. Wellik helped herself by driving in the second run, with her second double of the game in the third inning. Wellik and McCarty had two hits each to lead Trinity's offensive attack.
Katie Castillon had a solid outing in the second game, improving to 6-1 this season. She allowed just one run on six hits over five innings, striking out a pair of batters. Katie Glomb pitched two scoreless innings to finish off the game, striking out three batters without allowing a hit.
Trinity's bats were red-hot from the strart, scoring four runs on four hits in the bottom of the first to take command early. Katie Glomb drove in the first two runs with her single to left-center, and the Tigers also took advantage of two errors by Austin College in the inning.
The Kangaroos got on the board with a run in the third, breaking up a streak of nine innings without a hit on the day. Austin had four hits in the inning, but scored just the one run. Trinity got that run back in the fourth as pinch-hitter Destinee Davis dropped in her first career double to score Sabrina Nieto. The Tigers then added three more runs in the fifth - all of which were unearned after a two-out error extended the inning. Nieto, Emily Babcock, and Mackenzie Hill had three consecutive RBI singles in the inning.
"I was really proud of Kaci," said Head Coach Brandi Crnkovic after the two wins. "She pitched very well in the first game. We hit well in game two, having the opportunity to face the same pitcher for two games was beneficial for us. Overall, we played well today, a great team effort for two wins."
Nieto led the way for the Tiger offense with two runs and two RBI in game two, going 2-3 overall. Hill also had two hits in the second game, and 10 total Trinity players hammered out a total of 12 hits in the final game of the day.
Trinity and Austin will finish off the series with another doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at noon. The game will mark the final regular season home game for the Tiger seniors, and those seniors will be honored after the games.