Sherman, Texas - Trinity's softball team opened up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play by sweeping a Friday night doubleheader at Austin (TX) College.
The Tigers got a slow start in the opening game, but wound up with a 10-1 victory after six innings. Trinity finished the day with an 8-2 win in the Friday finale.
Trinity got the scoring started with two runs in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of three walks and an Austin College error. The Tigers took the lead despite not having a hit in the game at the time.
Austin answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning, getting two hits to go with two Trinity errors, but also leaving two runners stranded in the inning.
Brianna Pena started off the fourth with the first Tiger hit of the game, sparking another two-run inning that gave the visitors a 4-1 advantage. Trinity wasn't done scoring by a long shot, stringing together four runs on three hits in the fifth.
Pena's second double of the game started the scoring in the sixth and Trinity plated two runs in the inning to account for the final score.
Trinity started off much more quickly in game two, cracking a pair of RBI doubles to take a 2-0 lead after the first inning of action.
The Tigers added another run in the second, followed by two more scores in the third to make it a 5-0 game through three innings.
After being held scoreless for the first time in the game in the fourth, Trinity added two more runs in the fifth for a seven-run lead.
Austin loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but managed just one score and left the bases loaded.
Trinity got that run back in the sixth to finish off its scoring, though Austin was able to sneak in one last score in the bottom of the seventh.
Trinity improved its overall record to 5-5 and 2-0 SCAC, while Austin College dropped to 0-13 and 0-2 in conference play.
Allie Holbrook (4-3) tossed the complete-game victory in the opener, giving up just one run on six hits and striking out three batters.
Cat Patterson (1-2) picked up her first career win for the Tigers, allowing one run on six hits over 5.2 innings, and striking out five batters.
Leadoff hitter Devon Potter went 2-2 with two walks and two steals in the opening game, as well as driving in three total runs in the doubleheader.
Brianna Pena had two doubles in the opening game, going 3-6 with two RBI and two runs scored on the night.
Lauren Rich had a pair of doubles in game two and also had three total hits on Friday. She also drove in two runs scored two more in the two games.
Marisa Trevino had a triple in four at-bats of game one, then went 2-4 with two runs scored in the finale.
Trinity and Austin conclude their series with a Saturday afternoon doubleheader that begins at 1:00 p.m.