San Antonio - The top-ranked Trinity baseball team edged NAIA member Our Lady of the Lake (TX) University 5-4 Tuesday night.
The Tigers put the leadoff man on base in two of the first three innings, but still found themselves trailing 1-0 after Our Lady of the Lake took advantage of a hit batter and four wild pitches in the top of the third.
The visitors then loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Trinity escaped with a pair of strikeouts from reliever Matthew Thomas. In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers tied the game on a throwing error. A double play with the bases loaded ended the inning and kept Trinity from taking the lead.
Trinity finally got the bats really going in the sixth, piecing together four hits and scoring three times to take a 4-1 lead. John Tucker's two-run single highlighted the inning for the Tigers.
The Saints cut into the lead on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but left the bases loaded without closing the gap any further. Trinity loaded the bases as well in the bottom of the inning but came away empty.
Jake Martin started a two-out rally in the eighth with his triple to center field, and Mason Meredith drove him in for a key insurance run. Trinity left the bases loaded for the second straight inning, keeping the score 5-2.
Our Lady of the Lake rallied with one out in the ninth, putting two runners on base to set up a two-run single that cut it to a one-run lead. Tiger closer Corey Cater finished off the win with two straight outs, though, leaving the tying run at second base.
Trinity won its ninth straight game and improved to 16-3, while Our Lady of the Lake dropped to 16-14. The two teams will play again April 9 on Trinity's field.
Jack Wiesniewski tied a team season-high by smacking two doubles in the game, while going 3-4 at the plate.
John Tucker drove in two runs and is tied for second place on the team with 16 RBI on the year.
Mason Meredith drove in one run and crossed the plate twice, remaining second on the with 19 runs scored this season.
Jake Martin pounded his second triple of the season, and scored in the eighth inning to increase his team-leading total to 24 runs.
Matthew Thomas (1-0) pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and striking out five batters.
Corey Cater got the final two outs of the game to tie for the team lead with his third save of the campaign.
Trinity pitching limited the Saints to just five hits in the game, marking the fifth time this season that a Tiger opponent has had five hits or less in a game.
The Tigers will host eighth-ranked Texas Lutheran University in a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series this weekend, beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m.