#4 Tigers Beat Southwestern to Reach SCAC Title Game

#4 Tigers Beat Southwestern to Reach SCAC Title Game

Cleburne, Texas – The fourth-ranked Tiger baseball team bounced back from an earlier loss with a 4-2 win over Southwestern (TX) University at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday night.



Trinity got the scoring started in the top of the third inning, picking up a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs.

Rafe Chaumette drove in the only run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, but the Tigers missed out on a big inning with Southwestern avoiding any further damage.

The Pirates quickly capitalized with two runs in the bottom half of the inning that put them in front 2-1 in the game.

Jack Wisniewski singled in a run in the fourth to tie the game up and neither team scored again until the seventh.

Trinity started the seventh inning with back-to-back walks and eventually took the 3-2 lead on Jake Martin's infield single. Southwestern once again escaped the big inning by stranding two runners on and keeping it a one-run game.

Another leadoff walk led to an insurance run in the eighth for the Tigers, as Dalys Binder put Trinity up 4-2 with a single up the middle.

Southwestern got a leadoff single in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Trinity was able to stop any thoughts of a rally with three straight outs to win the game.



Trinity improves its overall record to 32-10 this season, while Southwestern falls to 24-19 on the year.

The Tigers leads the overall series with an 87-56 record against Southwestern (since 1992), which includes an 11-6 mark in SCAC Tournament play. Trinity also won its eighth consecutive tournament meeting with the Pirates.

Ian Hussian (5-3) pitched 7.0 shutout innings in relief to earn the victory, allowing just three hits and recording three strikeouts.

Jack Wisniewski led the charge on offense, going 3-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Jake Martin was the only other Tiger player with more than one hit, finishing 2-5 with one RBI in the game. He is now tied for second on the team with 36 RBI this season.

Michael Goodrich scored two runs, while Dalys Binder had an RBI single and drew a walk in his four plate appearances.



Trinity advances to Sunday's SCAC Championship game against #9 Texas Lutheran University at 1:00 p.m. The Tigers must win to force a winner-take-all second game for the conference title.