San Antonio – The Tiger softball team split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader against Millsaps (MS) College, winning 4-3 in the opener and dropping the finale 4-1.
The day started with Trinity scoring runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to rally for a win over Millsaps. Emily Vaclavik opened the inning with a single, then moved to third on a sac bunt and a groundout to second. Brianna Pena then doubled in the winning run to lift the Tigers to victory.
Trinity actually led 2-0 after stringing together three hits in the bottom of the second inning. A play at the plate to end the inning actually kept it from being a 3-0 lead.
Millsaps answered with a run of its own in the third, then tied the game after starting the fifth with a leadoff double. The Majors made it three unanswered runs after scoring again in the sixth, but Trinity tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly by Adrienne Edwards – setting up the dramatic finish in the seventh.
The second game was a pitcher's duel through four innings as the two teams combined for three hits during that span. Millsaps broke out with four runs on five hits in the fifth to take control of the game with a 4-0 lead.
Trinity answered immediately in the bottom of the inning, but managed just one run after leaving a pair of runners on base. The Tigers then loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh innings, but left all six runners on base as the game remained 4-1.
The Tigers improved to 1-3 overall this season, with the opening game of the day being the first win at Trinity for first-year Head Coach Abby Martin.
Emily Vaclavik was 4-4 in the opening game, then picked up two more hits in the second to remain Trinity's batting leader so far this season.
Allie Holbrook pitched 5.1 innings to start the doubleheader, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out six batters.
Marisa Mejia (1-0) earned the victory in the first game after allowing just one hit over the final 1.2 innings.
Addison Swofford went 2-4 in the second game, joining Vaclavik as the only Tiger players to have a multi-hit game on the day.
Cat Patterson (0-2) was saddled with the game two loss after giving up four runs on five hits over 4.1 innings of work. Mejia and Lauren Rich combined for 2.2 shutout innings to finish off the game, allowing just two combined hits.
Trinity will be back in action with another doubleheader tomorrow, hosting the University of Texas-Dallas at 12:00 p.m.