Trinity Baseball won all three games for their opening season both Friday Feb 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Tigersâ€™ played UT-Tyler Friday, and George Fox and Whittier, Saturday, Feb. 7.
â€œGoing into opening day is extremely tough for any team because you donâ€™t know how well you will perform collectively. With the win under our belt from Friday night, we felt more comfortable and relaxed as a squad,â€ Austin Singer said. â€œWe were able to have quality at bats when runners were in scoring position and pitchers threw very few walks which ended up in two more victories.â€
The Tigers battled against UT-Tyler beating them 9-7 for their first game of the season.
The Tigersâ€™ took an early lead 3-0 with a two-run single by Singer. Collin Serkowski hit a triple in the seventh inning, allowing two runs to be scored.
UT-Tyler was able to keep a close score until Drew Butler hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to go ahead 9-4.
The Tigersâ€™ pitchers had six walks in the three games of the weekend. Trinity also played George Fox beat them 7-5 and Whittier 11-1.
George Fox held the lead in the first two innings until Austin singer hit a three-run home run to be in the lead. George Fox quickly regained the lead until the Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the half (5-5). Tigers pitchers Mike Walker and Teddy Turner gave up four hits and struck out three hitters to help the Tigers to win 5-7.
â€œOverall, we struggled a little bit as a team to pull ahead in the first two games. Although we had leads, we seemed to keep letting our opponents back into the game,â€ Drew Butler said.
Butler drove nine runs over the three innings.
â€œWe need to work on maintaining and keeping the momentum. After big innings, where we score multiple runs, we need to keep the focus as we head back on defense to eliminate big innings for our opponent,â€said Singer.
Pitching coach David Smith is very proud of the program and feels the team should accept their reputation as a tough team
â€œI think the team needs to make sure they really understand the bullseye our program wears. Â Every time you play Trinity, itâ€™s a huge deal to the team in the other dugout. Â Thatâ€™s an honor. Â Iâ€™d love to see our guys actually embrace it a little instead of always being shocked by it,â€ Smith said.
The softball team redeemed themselves after losing their first game 10-1 against Hardin-Simmons to win their doubleheader 6-2.
The team started off the game with two runs in the bottom of the second and three more in the third inning to take control.
â€œWe worked together well this weekend. Our hitting and defense, in particular,complemented each other in the second game. Katie Glomb pitched a great game and the team backed her up with good defense and lots of runs,â€ said first year Sabrina Nieto.
Glomb gave up four hits the entire game against Hardin-Simmons, almost earning a shutout in her first complete career game for the Tigers.
â€œOur two games on Friday were very different. In our first game, we let first game jitters get the best of us and we definitely didnâ€™t play our best. We made silly mental errors in the field and couldnâ€™t get our bats going,â€ said senior Kaci Wellik. â€œOur mindset for this game was more determined and more prepared. We hit well from the start and played solid defense. The second game better reflected how much hard work we have been putting into practice all semester.â€œ
The softball team now has a break and will not play again until March 6 against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind. ) in a doubleheader at home and then against UT-Dallas on March 7 and 8 in a four-game series, which will also be played at home.