Trinity Falls to Birmingham-Southern in SCAC Tournament
Millington, Tennessee - The Tiger baseball team had its 10-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament win streak snapped in a 5-3 loss to Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday.
Trinity falls to 34-9 on the season with the loss, which is the first for the Tigers in the tournament since the SCAC Championship game in 2009. Trinity stands 2-1 in this year's tournament, and will face either Rhodes or Millsaps tonight. The winner of tonight's game advances to face Birmingham-Southern in the SCAC Championship tomorrow afternoon.
Birmingham jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning, putting together an RBI double and a two-run homer in the first three hitters. Trinity manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning, with Dominick Robusto scoring on Christian Muscarello's infield hit.
In the fifth, the Tigers scored on back-to-back doubles by Pat Hirschberg and Kevin Francke, then brought Francke in with a sacrifice bunt and a sac fly by Robusto to tie the game 3-3.
Birmingham put the first two runners on in the sixth, but Trinity starter Tanner Barron got the next two hitters out on back-to-back strikeouts. A Tiger error then allowed the go-ahead run to score from second. The Panthers added an insurance run in the ninth, but Trinity left three runners on base in the final four innings, and Birmingham pulled out the win.
Barron (3-1) suffered his first loss of the seasongiving up four runs (three earned) on five hits through six innings. Weston Haaf made his second straight relief appearance for Trinity, giving up a run on three hits in the final three innings.
Muscarello was 2-4 with one RBI, while Ryan Schweers also collected two hits for the Tigers. Robusto and Francke both had one RBI and one run scored.
Trinity will face elimination in tonight's game against either Millsaps or Rhodes. The Tigers are attempting to become the third team in SCAC history to win three straight SCAC Championships.