San Antonio – Trinity's fourth-ranked baseball team finished off a weekend series against eighth-ranked SUNY Cortland with a 10-5 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's game was similar to the series opener in that the offenses were on display throughout. Instead of rallying in the late innings to steal the win, this time the Tigers set the pace and led for most of the way.
After Cortland opened the first inning with a run on two hits, Trinity answered with four runs on five hits to take command early.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the third, but left the bases loaded for the second time in the game. Trinity went on to leave 14 runners on base, collecting 15 total hits against the Red Dragons.
Cortland cut into the lead with a leadoff homer to start the sixth inning, but Trinity answered immediately with a run of its own to make it 6-2.
Another run in the seventh cut the deficit to just three for the Red Dragons, but the Tigers got a base-clearing double from John Tucker to put Trinity in front 9-3 with just two innings remaining.
Cortland battled to the bitter end, getting a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to make it a 9-5 game, but Trinity escaped more damage with an inning-ending double play.
The Tigers got back one of the runs in the bottom of the eighth to go up 10-5, and Cortland stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to give Trinity the weekend sweep.
The original three-game series to open the 2019 season was shortened to just two contests due to weather and field conditions in San Antonio.
Trinity also won Saturday's series opener and is now 2-0 to start the year, while Cortland State drops to 0-2 after the weekend.
John Tucker had a standout day and a stellar weekend for the Tigers, going 3-4 with five RBI in Sunday's victory.
James Nittoli (1-0) earned the victory, allowing just two runs on eight hits over his 5.1 innings of work and striking out six batters without allowing a walk.
Ian Hussian capped the game with two scoreless innings during which he didn't allow a hit, striking out three Cortland batters.
Trinity will be back on the field next weekend, opening a three-game series against Birmingham-Southern (AL) College on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m.