San Antonio – Trinity's softball team opened up the 2020 season with a pair of losses to Concordia (TX) University on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity was shut out 4-0 in the opening game, then avoided the day's second shutout by scoring late in an 8-1 loss in game two. The Tigers stranded 22 runners on base over the two games.
Trinity started the bottom of the first of game one by putting the first two hitters on base with a walk and a hit batter. The Tigers left both runners on to allow Concordia the chance to jump in front.
Concordia opened up the day's scoring with a run in the second inning, taking advantage of two Tiger errors to plate an unearned run. The Tornados added two more runs on a pair of two-out hits in the fifth to make it 3-0.
Trinity stranded at least one runner in all but one inning of the opening game, including two runners in the sixth and seventh. Concordia added another unearned run in the seventh to complete the scoring.
After two scoreless innings to start game two, Concordia knocked in three runs on three hits – including a pair of doubles – to take control of the game. The Tornados added two more runs in the fifth to make it 5-0.
The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but a strikeout and a foul out kept Trinity off the board. The Tigers left the bases loaded again in the sixth inning, stranding six runners over the two innings.
Concordia put the game out of reach with three more runs in the seventh to make it an 8-0 game, though the Tigers fought to the end by scratching across a run in the final frame of the day.
The Tigers fall to 0-2 with the losses, while Concordia also opened up its season today and stands 2-0 on the year.
Trinity and Concordia have split 30 meetings against each other since the 1999 season, with the Tornados sweeping the Tigers each of the last two years for a four-game win streak in the series.
Head Coach Abby Martin also made her debut with the Tigers, after coaching the previous four seasons at State University of New York at Oswego.
Allie Holbrook (0-1) pitched a complete-game in the opener, suffering the loss despite a career-high seven strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed. She scattered nine hits over her seven innings and did not walk a batter.
Emily Vaclavik finished her day going 2-5 with two walks and was also hit by a pitch, reaching base five times in the two games.
Kristina Kish was 2-3 in the second game, collecting her first career multi-hit game. She also drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the opener to reach base three times in four plate appearances.
Lauren Rich scored the team's only run of the doubleheader, drawing three walks and being hit by a pitch to reach base four times in eight appearances.
Marisa Mejia struck out four batters in 2.1 innings of relief in her Tiger pitching debut.
Trinity will be in Abilene, Texas, next weekend for its first road trip of the season. First up for the Tigers will be a doubleheader on Friday, February 7, against Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 2:00 p.m.