Longview, Texas – The Tiger softball team wrapped up its Spring Break road trip with a doubleheader split at LeTourneau (TX) University on Wednesday afternoon.
Trinity rallied with three runs in the seventh inning of game one, but fell just short in a 10-9 loss to start the day. The Tigers then raced to a 9-1 victory in the finale to earn the split in a convincing fashion.
The Tigers started the day with a run in the top of the first, as Rebecca Berreth drove in a run with her 10th double of the season. LeTourneau answered emphatically, scoring four runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game.
Trinity edged back in front with a four-run inning of its own, taking advantage of two hits and two errors to claim a 5-4 advantage in the third inning. Stephanie Crumrine's two-run single tied the game, then Marisa Trevino drove in the go-ahead run on a sac fly.
The Yellowjackets didn't stay behind for long, though, adding two more runs of their own in the bottom of the third to sneak back in front 6-5.
After Trinity tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth, LeTourneau scored twice in the home half of the inning and then twice more in the sixth to take a 10-6 lead.
The seventh-inning rally began immediately for the Tigers, who put two runners on with just one out. Morgan Preston cracked a two-run double to start the scoring, then Danielle Ruiz drove in Preston with her RBI single to make it a one-run game.
With the tying run on first and two outs, LeTourneau was able to induce a groundout to end the game and escape with the win.
Game two was much less dramatic, but also much more enjoyable for the Tigers. Trinity scored eight times in the first two innings, including a six-run second inning that made the score 8-0. Danielle Ruiz and Stephanie Crumrine both had two-RBI singles in the second inning.
LeTourneau got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second to avoid the run-rule, and Trinity finished off the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh.
Trinity now stands 10-6 this season, while LeTourneau is 6-10 following the doubleheader split. The Tigers went 4-4 on the road trip that began at Centenary last weekend.
Rebecca Berreth went 3-6 on the day with three runs scored and three RBI, hitting three doubles in the two games. She now has 12 doubles this year, which is tied for the fourth-most in school history for a single season.
For her career, Berreth is now just one double shy of Trinity's all-time record for doubles. Jamie Williams set the Tiger career mark of 42 doubles from 2006-09.
Hailey Wilson finished with three hits as well, driving in two runs and scoring two more. Devon Potter scored five runs in the two games as the Tiger leadoff hitter, while Carli Jones picked up two hits to go with two runs scored and two RBI on the day.
Adrienne Edwards (3-3) earned the victory in the second game, giving up one run on three hits over the first four innings. Sabrina Nieto and Alyssa Jolliffee finished the game by allowing just one hit over the final three innings, and Nieto recorded a pair of strikeouts.
Brianna Pena (1-1) was saddled with the loss in game one, allowing four earned runs on six hits over 3.2 innings in relief.
Trinity will return home this weekend for a four-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series with Schreiner (TX) University. The series begins with a Friday doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.