San Antonio – The Tiger softball team finished off its road weekend with a doubleheader sweep at Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Saturday, winning 5-2 and 9-3.
Both teams were held scoreless over the first four innings of play, and the Tigers didn't get a hit over the first three frames.
Trinity broke through in a big way in the fifth though, scoring three times on a pair of home runs. Stephanie Crumrine hit a two-run shot to start the scoring, then Hailey Wilson made it back-to-back homers.
Hardin-Simmons got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth, but Trinity added on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to hold on for the win.
Game two saw Hardin-Simmons strike first, taking advantage of a leadoff double in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers tied the game after starting the third inning with a leadoff double of its own, then broke the game open with a four-run fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Back-to-back extra-base hits from Wilson and Rebecca Berreth brought home all three runs.
The Cowgirls cut the lead in half with two runs in the fifth, but Trinity answered immediately with four more runs in the top of the sixth to finish off the game's scoring.
Trinity moves to 4-0 on the season after also sweeping McMurry (TX) University yesterday. Since the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference began play in softball in 1999, the Tigers have never started a season with four straight wins.
Rebecca Berreth had an outstanding day with six extra-base hits in the two games, adding three runs scored and four RBI.
She started innocently enough with two doubles and a run scored in the opener, then tied a school record with three more doubles in the finale. Berreth went 4-4 with three doubles and a triple, scoring two runs and driving in four more in that game.
Stephanie Crumrine picked up two RBI in each game, hitting her second career home run in the first game, then picking up a double in game two.
Hailey Wilson also had a double and a homer, scoring four runs on the day. Wilson's solo shot in game one was the first of her career.
Allie Holbrook (1-0) picked up a complete-game victory in game one, allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out four batters.
Adrienne Edwards (2-0) was a force from the circle and at the plate. She struck out four in 5.2 innings of work, giving up just two earned runs on six hits. Edwards also went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored on offense.
Trinity will make its season debut at home on Saturday, February 10, facing off against Concordia (TX) University. The teams will open the doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.