San Antonio – The Tiger softball team shook off the weather and a change of venue to sweep a doubleheader from Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Saturday.
Trinity won the opening game 7-6 in nine innings, rallying in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game, then coming back with two runs in the ninth to win it.
The Tigers then scored a season-best 11 runs to finish the sweep, winning 11-2 after six innings.
Game one started quickly as both teams combined for three runs in the first two innings. Trinity scored twice in the bottom of the second to tie the game 3-3, and Carli Jones drove in all three runs for the Tigers.
The Cowgirls took advantage of an error in the fifth to steal the lead, but Trinity used a leadoff double to tie the game in the bottom half. The Tigers also missed a chance to take the lead after leaving the bases loaded in the inning.
Both teams left runners on base in the sixth without scoring, then Hardin-Simmons squeaked across another unearned run to go up 5-4 heading into the final half-inning.
Trinity put two runners on with just one out in the seventh, then scored on a throwing error to tie the game. The Cowgirls escaped with the tie game, though, getting the final two outs to keep the game going.
The international tiebreaker was used right away, but neither team took advantage in the eighth. In the ninth, Hardin-Simmons got a one-out single to take a 6-5 lead. The Tigers got out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.
A throwing error on a sacrifice bunt tied the game for Trinity, then back-to-back walks loaded the bases before the game ended with Jones getting hit by a pitch for another RBI.
Trinity took a 4-0 lead after two innings of the second game, but Hardin-Simmons cut that lead in half with two runs in the top of the third.
That would be the final runs of the day for the Cowgirls, though, as Allie Holbrook settled in and went the distance to earn the win.
Trinity added four runs in the fourth to make it an 8-2 game, then Lauren Rich hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to enact the run-rule and end the game.
Both teams are now 3-3 to start the season, with the Tigers picking up their third consecutive victory. The game was moved to Texas Lutheran University in nearby Seguin, Texas, after weather made the field unplayable at Trinity.
Allie Holbrook (3-2) earned the win in both games, pitching the final 1.2 innings of game one, then earning a complete-game victory in the finale. Holbrook gave up just three runs total on the day and just one of those runs was earned.
Brianna Pena went 4-8 with a double on the day, picking up three hits in the opening game and scoring twice in each contest.
Carli Jones led the Tiger offense in game one, going 3-4 with a double and four RBI.
Lauren Rich hit Trinity's first home run of the season, ending the second game with a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.
The Tigers don't return to action until Tuesday, February 26, traveling to Concordia (TX) University for a doubleheader that begins at 4:00 p.m.