Tiger Baseball Powers Past Texas Lutheran on Tuesday
San Antonio - Trinity's baseball team hit three home runs to score a 13-5 win over Texas Lutheran University on Tuesday night.
The Tigers improved to 26-6 this season with the win, beating the Bulldogs for the fifth time in the last six regular season meetings.
Jules Cronk crushed two home runs in the game, finishing 3-4 with three runs and four RBI to lead the Tiger offense. Pat Hirschberg also hit a home run in the eighth inning, which was his sixth of the season.
Cronk has now homered three times in the past two games, which are the first home runs of his career with the Tigers.
Texas Lutheran took the early lead after scoring in the first inning, taking advantage of an error on a confusing play. After an error moved a runner from first to third, the Tigers thought they had been awarded timeout, and left home plate uncovered. The Bulldog runner stole home to put the first run on the board.
Trinity answered with a three-run second inning, rallying for five hits with two outs to take a 3-1 lead. Cronk then led off the fourth with a solo shot to make it 4-1, before TLU stormed back in front with four runs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4.
In the bottom of the fifth, the first three Tigers had base-hits, and the game was tied on an RBI single by Nick Pappas. Three batters later, Cronk hit his second round-tripper to put Trinity in front for good.
The Tigers added three more runs in the sixth, before Hirschberg's two-run homer in the eighth finished off the scoring. Trinity scored nine unanswered runs after TLU took the lead in the fifth inning.
Michael Bentz (3-1) earned the win, pitching 3.1 innings of relief, and giving up one run on four hits. Tanner Barron started the game, but was chased after 4.2 innings, giving up four runs - three earned - on two hits, and striking out six batters. Ryan Lucero struck out two batters in the ninth to finish off the victory.
Trinity will continue its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule this weekend, traveling to Hendrix College for a three-game series in Conway, Arkansas.