David Hall‘s RBI single in the top of the eighth drove home David Quevedo with the go-ahead run, and the Trinity Baptist College Eagles came from behind to defeat the NAIA Florida Memorial University Lions 4-3 Friday afternoon in Miami Gardens.
With Quevedo on second and one out, Hall lined one into center field to drive in Quevedo with the run that proved itself the game winner. Quevedo had singled his way aboard and advanced into scoring position on a groundout. His go-ahead run was his second score of the game, having crossed the plate on a similar line-drive single from Kevin Rivera in the second.
Hall had three hits in four trips and drove in two runs in all. He singled home Jeremy Rivera in the sixth to pull the Eagles to within a run. Rivera worked three walks in four plate appearances to set up scoring opportunities.
Florida Memorial led 3-1 after Joquiel Perry doubled home two runs to break a 1-1 tie. Victor Gomez tied the game in the bottom of the second with a run-scoring double into left. Trinity’s pitching and defense would not allow the Lions another run.
Trinity scored first on Kevin Rivera’s RBI single in the top of the second that scored Quevedo. Hall’s first RBI made the score 3-2, and Christian Draper tied the game in the sixth on an RBI ground ball that scored Hall.
Florida Memorial got two men on in the bottom of the ninth, but Dan Richard got the final out on a fly ball to center fielder Jon Shiver to earn the save in 1/3 inning on the mound.
Shiver also hit safely for the Eagles.
Uriah Brewer pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Brewer allowed only two hits while walking one and striking out three.
Matt Carter had a solid start for Trinity, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings and worked his way out of trouble in the fourth and fifth.
The Eagles’ defense turned two double plays behind Carter and Brewer.
The two teams will play a twin bill on Saturday beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern time. The Eagles will then return home to take on Thomas University in a double-header that begins at 4:00 p.m on Tuesday, February 6. These games will begin a 10-game home stand that will last until March 13.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
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