San Antonio – Trinity's softball team lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader to open up a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series against Southwestern (TX) University.
The opening game was a 7-0 shutout for the Pirates, though it was much closer than the final score indicated.
Southwestern broke a scoreless tie with an unearned run in the third inning, then added an insurance run in the sixth.
Trinity stranded 10 runners on base in the game, including seven in the first three innings. The Pirates broke the game open with five runs on six hits in the seventh, though, sealing the series opener.
The second game was also close until the fifth inning, but Southwestern prevailed again with an 8-4 victory.
The Pirates started the scoring with back-to-back two-out doubles in the top of the first inning, but Trinity tied the game on Devon Potter's RBI double in the bottom of the third.
The Tigers took their first lead of the day on Marisa Trevino's double off the wall in center field in the fourth inning.
Southwestern answered quickly, though, scoring four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to leave Trinity six runs behind with just six outs remaining in the game.
Sabrina Nieto and Potter both drove in runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Tigers tried to rally, but the deficit proved to be too much.
Trinity falls to 14-16 overall and 7-10 in SCAC play with the losses, while Southwestern is now 15-9 and 6-6 in conference.
Allie Holbrook (7-7) took the loss in the opener, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits in the complete-game effort. Holbrook also threw 1.2 innings of relief in game two, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
Adrienne Edwards (5-7) suffered the game two loss, yielding five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Devon Potter had three hits and two RBI in the Saturday finale and was the only Trinity player with more than one hit in the game. Both Potter and Marisa Trevino had doubles for the Tigers, and Trevino went 1-2 with one RBI.
Trinity and Southwestern will square off again at noon on Sunday to close out the four-game weekend series.