Shreveport, Louisiana – Trinity's top-ranked baseball team earned a split in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on the road against Centenary (LA) College.
Trinity scored a run in each of the last three innings of game one, but Centenary held on for a 6-4 win to start the day.
The Gents got on the board early with a run in the bottom of the first, then answered a Trinity run in the third with three more of their own to take a 4-1 lead after three innings.
Centenary piled on two more runs in the sixth for a 6-1 lead. Though the Tigers scored a run in each of the final three innings, Trinity also stranded four base runners – including two in the ninth that could have tied the game.
Game two saw Centenary jump in front once again with a run in the first inning, then the Gents added runs in the third and the sixth to take a 3-0 lead over the Tigers.
Trinity scored after Parker Cormack's leadoff double in the seventh to break up the shutout, then rallied in its final at-bat to tie the game in the ninth.
Another double off the bat of Cormack drove in the first run, then he came around to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Jack Vonderhaar.
Centenary went down in order in the bottom of the ninth and the game went into extra innings. The Gents had just one base runner from the eighth inning until the 11th, and Trinity's defense turned an inning-ending double play on that runner in the 11th.
The Tigers put two runners on with just one out in the 12th, but Centenary was able to escape with the game still tied and the teams moved to the 13th inning.
Trinity wasn't done in the inning, though, striking with three straight two-out hits to plate another run. John Tucker drove in Zach Oretsky to make it 5-3 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Trinity is now 33-6 on the season and was able to snap a two-game losing streak with the win in game two. Centenary moves to 23-14 with the Saturday split. Both teams are tied atop the SCAC standings with identical 14-3 SCAC records.
Jeff Lonnecker (4-0) was outstanding in relief during the second game, striking out 12 batters in 9.2 innings from the bullpen. Lonnecker allowed just one run on three hits during his outing, setting the Tigers up for the win.
Corey Cater came on to finish the game in the final inning, earning his third save of the season. Cater walked the leadoff man to bring the tying run to the plate, but promptly retired the next three hitters in order – including a pair of strikeouts – to finish off the win.
Parker Cormack was 3-6 with two doubles and two runs scored in the second game, driving in one run as well. Cormack was had four hits to go with two runs and two RBI in the doubleheader.
Rafe Chaumette finished the second game 3-6 with a double, while Jack Wisniewski was 2-6 with a triple and two runs scored – including the game-winning run in the 13th inning. Chaumette also had two hits in the opening game.
Trinity and Centenary will meet for the final game of the regular season on Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. The winner will take the regular season SCAC title and secure the top seed at next weekend's SCAC Tournament.