San Antonio - The fourth-ranked Trinity baseball team was edged 3-2 in the final game of a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend series against Southwestern University on Sunday.
"No excuses, I think we just got beat," admitted Head Coach Tim Scannell. "I would have liked to have seen our players a little more concentrated in the first half of the game, but I'm proud of the way they came back at the end. We had some opportunities, but couldn't get anything across the board early. That's baseball. The credit goes to their left-handed pitcher. He won the game, and was outstanding."
The defending SCAC champion Tigers had a six-game winning streak snapped, and now stand at 16-4 overall, and 2-1 in conference play. Trinity swept a Saturday doubleheader from the Pirates to open the SCAC campaign for both teams. Southwestern upped its record to 5-15 and 1-2 SCAC with today's win.
Sunday's series finale was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Pirates put all three of their runs on the board. Trinity had a pair of hits in the first inning, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. The Tigers were held to just one hit over the next six innings.
That hit came with one out in the crucial third inning. Trinity loaded the bases with that hit and a pair of walks with just one out. Southwestern's Tyler Polasek induced a ground ball on the next batter, throwing the Tiger runner out at the plate. Then Polasek got another grounder himself to finish the threat.
"Polasek was outstanding," said Coach Scannell about the opposing starter. "He threw to both sides of the plate, and his breaking ball was a pitch that he changed speeds with. I think that was the story of the game. That kid just did a phenomenal job."
Polasek was lifted after the seventh, and Trinity responded by producing its best offensive inning of the day. Carter McEachern stroked a one-out double to left-center, knocking in two runs to cut it to a 3-2 advantage for the Pirates. Southwestern escaped further damage, though, and the game moved to the final inning.
After a hit batter to start the bottom of the ninth, pinch-runner Blake Frampton made his way to third base with two outs. Connor Moore drew a two-out walk to put the winning run aboard, but Colin Serkowski's long fly to left field wasn't long enough, and Southwestern held on for the win.
Teddy Turner (2-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Tigers, allowing three runs on seven hits, adn striking out eight batters in the complete-game effort.
Trinity travels to Seguin, Texas, Monday, to take on Denison (OH) University at Texas Lutheran University. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers return home next weekend for a three-game SCAC series with the University of Dallas. Saturday's doubleheader gets under way at 1:00 p.m., and Sunday's single game will also start at 1:00 p.m.