San Antonio - Trinity softball opened its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep against Concordia (TX) University, winning 6-4 and 6-5.
The first matchup of the afternoon started out slow as both teams tried figure each other out. Concordia finally broke the stalemate with two runs early in the third inning. The Tiger defense rallied though to get three quick outs to get out of the inning with only a 2-0 deficit.
Trinity had an offensive response of their own, as Rebecca Berreth popped a double into center field to bring in two runs for the Tigers and tie the game.
The home team continued to battle and took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Sarah McCarty's base hit with two outs kept the inning alive. McCarty then capitalized on a fielding error by the Tornados to score the go-ahead run.
The Tornados tried to rally back by scoring two runs of their own in the final inning, but the Tiger defense remained strong and held on for the win.
Concordia grabbed a quick lead with a run in the first inning in an attempt to avenge their earlier loss. The Tornados had the chance again in the second to do some more damage with the bases loaded, but the home team stepped up and got the Tigers out of the inning unscathed.
That set Trinity up to tie the game in the second, but Concordia quickly pulled back in front with another run in the third.
After two and a half scoreless innings, Concordia was able to bring home two runners in the top of the sixth to take control of the game with a 4-1 lead.
Trinity responded the following half-inning, as Berreth's base-clearing triple to right field scored three runners to tie the game.
Neither team could clinch it in the seventh, so the game went to extra innings. In the eighth, Concordia took the lead after a couple of one-out hits, but the Tigers were determined to finish the sweep.
A leadoff single by McCarty put the tying run aboard, but Concordia got two quick outs and was on the verge of getting a split. Hailey Wilson had other ideas, though, as she slapped a run-scoring triple into right and then scored as the throw skidded past home on a throwing error.
With the wins, the Tigers improve to 6-0 on the season, while Concordia drops to 0-2.
Sara McCarty finished with five hits in the two games, going 3-4 with two runs scored in the finale.
Berreth picked up five RBI on the day, collecting a double and a triple among her three hits.
Allie Holbrook had a solid day as well, picking up the victory for the Tigers in both games. Holbrook went six strong innings two win game one, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out three batters. She entered game two in relief, allowing just one run on five hits in the final 2.2 innings to nab the win.
Trinity will return to action on February 20, taking on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) in a road doubleheader.