Austin, Texas – The third-ranked Trinity baseball team opened up the 2020 season with a 2-1 win over the University of La Verne (CA) on Friday afternoon.
Despite the low score, the game featured 17 total hits and 20 runners left on base between the two West Region teams.
The Tigers got on the board with a run in the second inning, as Mason Meredith began his season with a solo homer to left field. That came after La Verne failed to score despite picking up three hits in the bottom of the first inning.
Trinity also stranded a pair of runners after three hits in the third, but added a key insurance run in the fourth after La Verne committed its only error of the day. Michael Goodrich scored on Tyler Pettit's single up the middle to make it a 2-0 Tiger lead.
Starting pitcher Corey Cater kept La Verne off the board with a double play in the fourth, then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. La Verne also hit into double plays in the seventh and ninth to cut down more chances to get its first run of the season.
The Leopards did finally score in the ninth after putting two runners on to start the inning. After a double play on a fly out to center field, La Verne came through with a run-scoring double that cut the lead in half. After a two-out walk, reliever Matthew Thomas converted the save by inducing a game-ending groundout.
Trinity wins its opening game for the 18th time in 22 seasons under Head Coach Tim Scannell, while La Verne falls to 0-1 after the season opener for both teams.
Corey Cater (1-0) earned the win after pitching 5.2 shutout innings to start the game, allowing just five hits and striking out a pair of batters.
Matthew Thomas earned the save after facing the final two batters.
Tyler Pettit had a pair of hits in his Tiger debut, driving in the eventual game-winning run with a single in the fourth inning.
Mason Meredith had the game's only home run in his first at-bat of the season.
The Tigers will continue their part at the Concordia Classic with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 15. Trinity will face LeTourneau (TX) University at noon, followed by a matchup with tournament host Concordia (TX) University at approximately 3:00 p.m.