Today, the men’s baseball team opens their season at home against University of Texas at Tyler at 7 p.m.

The Tigers are excited about their first game and feel like they are ready to compete.

“We have put a lot of hard work into the offseason and preseason, and are ready to finally start playing games,” said senior infielder Christian Muscarello.

This game against University of Texas-Tyler marks the Tigers’ first game since they lost to Linfield last year in the national championship semifinals.

“The loss was really disappointing but let us know that we are right on the doorstep. Long term, we want to win a national championship, which is the goal every year. We have never done that before,” said assistant coach Zach Fregosi.

Muscarello agrees that winning a national championship is the goal.

“I think our biggest strength is our depth. We have a lot of talented guys that will be competing for playing time, and we feel that whoever we put in the lineup will be able to get the job done.”

The team will play again tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at home.

Likewise, the softball team is eager for their season to start and feel ready to dive right in.

“I am excited to see my team play. The energy of our team is at an all-time high, and it comes from all of the hard work and dedication they have put in this year. One of our greatest strengths this year is our leadership, we have 3 team captains—two of which are seniors. They did a great job in the offseason helping get our freshmen prepared,” said head coach Brandi Crnkovic.

One of the goals of the team this season is to win the SCAC title, something which has eluded Trinity in recent years.

“Our goal is to win conference. Since I’ve been here, we’ve been runner-up all three years. It is frustrating to not be able to get past that point. Then, we want to advance to regionals and do really well there. After that is World Series, and I definitely think we have the talent to go to World Series,” said senior shortstop Brooke Sanchez.

They feel that the team will get there with grit and a strong work ethic.

“This season, our biggest strength is that we are so motivated to do well. We have a huge amount of drive and passion, which is definitely partly due to our six new first years. We want to win and we know what it will take to win,” said sophomore pitcher/outfielder Kaci Wellik.

Next up, after Hardin Simmons, the lady Tigers have a double header versus University of Texas at Tyler at home Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.