Belton, Texas – Trinity's fourth-ranked baseball team opened up the first of four road games this week with a 6-3 win at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) on Wednesday night.
Each team had a couple of hits over the first three innings, but neither produced any runs until Trinity struck first with two runs in the fourth inning.
The game remained 2-0 until the Tigers were back on the attack in the seventh, scoring two more runs on one hit and three walks to take a 4-0 lead.
Mary Hardin-Baylor broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out single that made it a 4-1 game.
In the eighth, the Crusaders got another big two-out hit that drove in two runs and cut the lead to just one run heading into the final inning.
In the ninth, Jake Martin drove a two-RBI single to center field for two key insurance runs to make it a 6-3 game, essentially shutting down the home team's rally.
Corey Cater finished off the game with a strikeout in the ninth to send the Tigers home with the win.
The Tigers move to 24-8 this season with the win, while Mary Hardin-Baylor falls to 9-20.
Trinity is now 25-9 against the Crusaders since the 2000 season, winning for the fourth consecutive time in the series tonight. With the win, the Tigers have split the last six meetings in Belton.
Arjun Thakar (1-1) allowed one run on five hits over 6.2 innings to earn the win, which is his first collegiate victory. He also recorded six strikeouts to lead the Tiger pitching staff.
Corey Cater allowed just one hit over the final 1.2 innings to secure his team-leading fourth save of the season.
Dalys Binder was 2-3 with a double and one RBI in the game, collecting the only extra-base hit of the night for Trinity's offense.
Jack Wisniewski was the only other Tiger player with two hits on the night, going 2-4 with two runs scored.
Trinity will open up a three-game Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend series at Southwestern (TX) University on Friday, beginning at 6:00 p.m.