Four-Run Ninth Helps No. 19 Trinity (Texas) Edge Baseball, 12-11

Four-Run Ninth Helps No. 19 Trinity (Texas) Edge Baseball, 12-11

SAN ANTONIO—No. 19 Trinity University (Texas) scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 12-11 victory over visiting Babson College in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon.

Babson, which won the opening game of the series on Friday, falls to 1-2 on the year, while Trinity improves to 8-7 with its second one-run win of the weekend.

Sophomore Brian McHale (Ramsey, N.J.) went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI and junior Mark Webber (Norwell, Mass.) finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Beavers' 18-hit attack. Sophomores Connor Gill (Sterling, Mass.) and Nicholas Browne (Mount Laurel, N.J.) both homered and six different players drove in a run on the day.

Junior Michael Davis (Plano, Texas) went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, while classmate Parker Cormack (Golden, Colo.) had a pair of extra-base hits and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who pounded out 21 hits. Senior Scott Walters (Tomball, Texas) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for a lineup that had seven different players drive in a run.

The Green and White scored a single run in each of the first two innings, and then used a four-run, two-out rally in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Junior Ryan Arena (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and McHale both came through with run scoring singles, and the Beavers took advantage of two Trinity miscues in the frame.

The Tigers answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third, and then tied the game at 7-7 on RBI singles by Walters and first-year Rafe Chaumette (Sugar Land, Texas) in the last of the sixth. The hosts took their first lead an inning later, but Babson responded with a four-run eighth inning rally.

Halpin plated senior Jake Weiss (Irvine, Calif.) with a two-out single to right and Browne followed with a two-run blast over the centerfield wall to give the Green and White a 10-8 lead. Junior Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) reached on a bunt single and stole second and third before coming around to score on a base hit by Webber to make it a three-run game.

Junior Matt Cuneo (Ashland, Mass.) cruised through the bottom of the eighth and got two quick outs in the ninth before the Tigers strung together five straight hits to plate four runs. Walters made it 11-10 with a two-run double, and then came across with the tying run on a single by sophomore John Tucker (Houston, Texas) one batter later. Following a single by Chaumette, Davis smacked a double to the gap in left center to plate first-year Mason Meredith (Houston, Texas) with the game-winning run.

Sophomore Sean Cubley (Houston, Texas) earned the win for Trinity with a scoreless inning of relief, while Cuneo was tagged with the loss.

Babson returns to action on March 17 when it faces Illinois Wesleyan in Auburndale, Fla., at 4 p.m., while Trinity visits Southwestern for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

SERIES NOTES
•    The weekend series at Trinity was the first in program history against the Tigers, who won the 2016 Division III national championship.
•    McHale led the team with five hits and senior Jack Halpin (Glastonbury, Conn.) drove in five runs, while four different players homered over the three games for the Beavers.
•    Before combining for 39 hits on Sunday, Babson and Trinity mustered just 19 total hits in Friday's doubleheader.

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