San Antonio – Trinity's softball team split a home doubleheader with McMurry (TX) University on Friday evening, following a 12-9 loss with a 14-8 victory in game two.
The Tigers had a rough start to the doubleheader as McMurry piled up six runs in the top of the first inning, beginning with a two-run homer just three batters into the game.
Trinity answered with five runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning to keep the game close and neither team scored again until the fourth.
The War Hawks began the top of the fourth with a pair of hits that led to an insurance run that made it a 7-5 lead for the visitors.
The Tigers stranded two runners in both the fourth and fifth innings, missing the chances to tie things up late in the game. McMurry jumped ahead with five runs on just three hits in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 12-5.
Trinity made one last push in the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits to bring the score to 12-9, but McMurry's lead was too much to overcome.
Game two saw Trinity take its first lead of the day with four runs in the bottom of the first, but it proved to be short-lived as McMurry took advantage of four walks and a hit batter to score seven runs.
The Tigers answered with a rally of their own and never looked back. Trinity strung together six runs on six hits to reclaim the lead at 10-7 after just two innings.
McMurry got a run back in the third to cut into the lead, but Trinity's offense continued its red-hot start to the game with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers added one final score in the fifth, but the real story of the final four innings came from the pitcher's circle. Allie Holbrook finished off the final four innings by allowing just one hit and only two total baserunners to shut down the War Hawk offense and seal the victory.
Trinity picks up its first win of the season with the split, improving to 1-3 on the year. The Tigers also handed McMurry its first defeat, dropping the War Hawks to 5-1 this season.
Katherine Weber collected three doubles among her four hits and picked up three RBI in the two games. Weber was 3-3 with a pair of doubles in the opener.
Brianna Pena went 3-4 with a double in both games, tallying two runs and two RBI in the doubleheader.
Emily Vaclavik recorded a pair of hits in both games and had three total runs on the day, as well as swiping four total bases. She had three steals in the second game alone.
Carli Jones finished her day with four hits and four runs scored, highlighted by a 3-5 performance in game one.
Holbrook picked up the decision in both games of tonight's doubleheader, improving to 1-2 this season. She gave up six runs on six hits in the opener, though just two of the runs were earned.
The only run Holbrook allowed in five innings of relief in game two was unearned, as she only gave up three hits and recorded four strikeouts.
The Tigers will host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader that begins at 1:00 p.m.