March 17, 2012

Mercado's No-Hitter Caps Softball's Final Day at Tucson Invitational

Tucson, Arizona - Trinity finished off its part in the Tucson Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as Lauren Mercado's no-hitter paced a 9-0 win over Calvin College, and followed a 13-4 win over Augsburg College.

The Tigers (13-7) went 3-1 at the tournament, losing only to nationally-ranked Central (IA) College in the opening game.  Trinity has won seven of its past nine games, with the only losses coming to ranked teams.

Mercado (7-4) threw the 12th no-hitter in Trinity history to cap the weekend, but it was just the second since the 2006 season.  She struck out 12 batters in the game, allowing just three baserunners via walks.  In addition to her outstanding performance from the circle, Mercado also had two hits and three RBI to help the Tiger offensive onslaught. 

Trinity opened the scoring with a first-inning solo home run by Caitlynn Dykes, then blew the game open with eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings to enact the run-rule after five innings.

Trinity finished with 14 hits through five innings, led by Megan Russell and Rachel Garrett, who had three hits each.  Russell was 3-4 with two runs and one RBI, while Garrett also scored two runs. 

Karen MacPherson was 2-4 with two runs and one RBI, while Dykes was 1-2 with two runs and two RBI in the game.  Lindsay Weyand also had two RBI for the Tigers, going 1-3 overall.

In the opening game, Trinity scored four runs in the first two innings, then Augsburg broke through with a run in the bottom of the second.  After another run in the fourth, the Tigers scored six runs in the fifth to pull ahead 11-2. 

Augsburg rallied for two runs in the fifth to extend the game, but two more Trinity runs sealed the run-rule victory in six innings.

Sydney Friday (6-3) gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out five batters and walking three to earn the victory.

Kayleigh Kinlaw led the Tiger offense with three hits and three RBI in the second game, while Garrett had two hits and two runs in the win. 

Karen MacPherson tied a school record with four runs in the game, going 2-5 with one RBI.  Dykes had two RBI in the game, while Russell had two hits and three RBI. Chrissy Armstrong and Brooke Sanchez had two runs each in the second game as well.

Trinity will host the University of Dallas in a four game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.