San Antonio – The #4/5 Tiger baseball team rallied from a five-run deficit to steal a 7-5 victory in 10 innings over New Jersey City University on Tuesday.
Jack Wisniewski hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lift Trinity to the win, capping a late-inning comeback that saw the Tigers score all seven of their runs in the final three innings.
Wisniewski led off the ninth with a solo shot to right field to make it a 5-4 deficit for Trinity, then Evan McDonald drew a walk to put the tying run on base. After a lineout to left, the Tigers were caught stealing at second base for the second out of the inning.
Rafe Chaumette drew another walk, then promptly made his way to third base with a stolen base and a wild pitch. Mason Meredith then tied the game with a single through the right side of the infield, but NJCU was able to escape without further damage and send the game to extra innings.
The Gothic Knights got the scoring started with a run in the first, taking advantage of the first of four Trinity errors in the game. Two more errors in the third resulted in another run for a 2-0 New Jersey City lead.
Neither team scored again until the seventh when the visitors doubled their run total on a two-run home run, then made it a 5-0 lead with another score in the eighth.
Trinity finally got on the board in the eighth themselves, picking up three runs on three hits in the inning. Michael Goodrich broke up the shutout with a single that skipped over the shortstop's head, then Jack Vonderhaar drove a two-run triple off the wall in right to make it a 5-3 game. That set up the rally in the ninth and the game-winner in the 10th.
The Tigers improved to 10-2 this season with the win, while New Jersey City fell to 1-8 on the year. Trinity also beat the Gothic Knights 10-1 Monday night.
Jack Wisniewski was 0-3 to start the game, but finished with two home runs, two runs scored, and three RBI – including the game-winning homer in the 10th. Coming into the game, he had just one career home run for the Tigers.
Trinity was held to just five hits over the first seven innings, but the Tigers pounded out seven runs on six hits to close out the game.
Mason Meredith reached base three times with two walks and a game-tying single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Corey Cater (3-0) got the win after striking out all four batters he faced at the end of the game. Cater struck out the final batter of the ninth, then retired all three hitters in the 10th.
Samuel Conte allowed two unearned runs on just two hits over six innings of work, striking out seven batters.
Trinity will host DeSales (PA) University tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.