Tucson, Arizona - Inclement weather may have delayed the Tucson Invitational Games, but it did not stop the Trinity softball team from claiming three victories on Thursday.
The Tigers opened Thursday's games with a 12-2 run-rule win over the College of St. Scholastica (MN), and then edged Dickinson (PA) College 4-3. Trinity wrapped up the long day with a 10-0 run-rule shutout of Cornell (IA) College.
Trinity began the St. Scholastica game with a two-run first inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Lauren Rich.
The Tigers powered in five more runs in the second inning keyed by two RBI each from Rich and Emily Reed.
The scoring continued in the third as the Tigers put up two more runs. St. Scholastica scored two runs in the fourth, but Trinity posted three in the fifth, including a two-RBI single from Brianna Pena. St. Scholastica managed one hit in the fifth and the Tigers prevailed by the run rule.
Dickinson started the second game of the day with a two-run first inning, and added one more in third to lead 3-0.
Pena then broke the deadlock with a solo homer in the sixth to left field.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning of the Cornell matchup.
The biggest outpouring of Trinity runs occurred in the second inning as the Tigers scored six runs on seven hits. Rich plastered a triple to right field which sent home two of the runs.
Two more runs in the third were the order of the day for the Tigers. Cornell had three hits in the fourth and fifth innings but Trinity's 10 earlier runs made the game official.
The Tigers stood at 10-5 by the end of the day, extending their win streak to seven games. St. Scholastica dropped to 6-8, Dickinson fell to 3-3, and Cornell went to 6-4.
Thursday marked just the fourth time in the SCAC era (since 1999) that Trinity has played three games in one day. All three came during Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament play in 2003, 2011, and 2017.
Lauren Rich drove in six runs in the day, with three each against St. Scholastica and Cornell. Rich is second on the team with 11 RBI in her column.
Marisa Trevino cracked five RBI in the three games, including her two-run homer in the Dickinson matchup. Trevino's homer against Dickinson was her first of the season.
Brianna Pena sent four Tiger runners home, and her homer was her first of the campaign.
Emily Reed entered the St. Scholastica game as a pinch-hitter and accounted for two RBI.
Rich (1-0) came on in the third inning to earn the win from the bullpen, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out four players.
Cat Patterson (3-2) pitched a complete game against Dickinson, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits.
Holbrook (6-3) claimed the shutout victory against Cornell and pitched all five innings. Holbrook allowed five hits and fanned six of the Cornell players.
Trinity wraps up the Tucson Invitational Games with games against Bethany Lutheran (MN) College and Central (IA) College on Friday.