The Trinity softball team lost a doubleheader to the NAIA ninth-ranked University of Houston-Victoria on Thursday, Apirl 12, and Hendrix over the weekend.
â€œWe lost both games, but we were competitive,â€ said junior first baseman Megan Russell. â€œI think we need to sharpen up on some things, but we proved that we could play competitively with those kinds of teams.â€
Although Trinity lost the first game 3-1, junior pitcher Sydney Friday allowed only three runs on six hits.
â€œSydney had one of her best performances in the first game throwing a one hitter, and overall had a great weekend pitching,â€ said assistant coach Brandi Crnkovic in an email.
Trinity lost the second game 6-4. On the mound, first-year pitcher Lauren Mercado went 5.1 innings and gave up six runs, only four of which were earned. Friday finished the effort, recording four strikeouts.
The Tigers went 3-1 against Hendrix College in conference play on Saturday and Sunday.
â€œI think the weekend went very well,â€ said junior third baseman Nikki Powers. â€œThere was one game we shouldâ€™ve won, but overall I think our team will be where it should be for this next weekend and the conference tournament.â€
Trinity won their first game on Saturday 8-0 in a five-inning game. Friday led on the mound, pitching a one-hit shutout and striking out five.
â€œWe were really sharp and our pitching was excellent,â€ Russell said. â€œOffensively we executed and did what we needed to do.â€
Russell contributed with her second home run of the season, going 2-3 with four RBIs, and senior outfielder Karen MacPherson went 3-3 with three runs scored.
The Tigers won the second game on Saturday 5-0.
Mercado allowed only four hits, while first-year catcher Caitlynn Dykes went 2-3.
â€œWe didnâ€™t have as good of hitting,â€ Powers said. â€œI feel like Hendrix is a team we should run-rule every time, but we still did well.â€
On Sunday, Trinity won the first game 9-0, but lost the second game 2-1 in an extra inning.
In the first game, Dykes broke Trinityâ€™s single season record for RBIs, while Russell also tied Trinityâ€™s career record for RBIs with 100. Mercado went 2-4 with two RBIs, and sophomore middle infielder Chrissy Armstrong went 3-3.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t the closest game, but we still came out and did what we needed to do,â€ Russell said.
The second game remained run-less until the top of the eighth, when senior outfielder Rachel Garrett scored for Trinity. However, Hendrix managed to load the bases and, with two outs, drove a single to left field.
â€œThe last game was tough,â€ Powers said. â€œWe couldnâ€™t get a hit to fall. We didnâ€™t expect it to end the way that it did.â€
Next weekend, Trinity will battle for first place in the SCAC West against Southwestern University.
â€œTheyâ€™re going to be a tougher team than we saw last weekend,â€ Powers said. â€œWeâ€™re going to have to have solid defense and timely hitting. Theyâ€™re our rival team and weâ€™re looking forward to a good bunch of games.â€