The Trinity Baptist College Eagles finished the 2017 regular season in grand style — with a sweep in a season-ending double-header at the NAIA’s Vorhees College. The Eagles won by final scores of 7-2 in the opener and 7-3 in the night cap.
Matt Carter went the distance to earn the win in Game 1 while Jon Shiver allowed only two earned runs in five innings for the win in Game 2.
Carter took a no-hitter into the fifth and finished the day allowing two runs — only one earned — on four hits while walking one and striking out five. He was very efficient in throwing only 74 pitches, an average of 10.5 per inning. Kevin Rivera hit a clutch two-run double to help lead his team to victory.
With the Game 2 win, Shiver improves to 4-1 on season. Dan Richard closed it out to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Carter and Shiver got plenty of offensive support, which made their jobs on the mound much easier. Shiver, Jeremy Rivera, Kevin Rivera, Jacob Bolena, Bryan Lopez, T.J. Lanning, A.J. Aleixo, and Shawn Moose each contributed two hits overall on the day.
Jeremy Rivera had 3 RBI’s in all while David Quevedo reached base five times via four walks and a triple. Quevedo scored all five times thanks to the offense behind him in the batting order.
With the sweep, the Eagles earn a split in the four-game series having played two very close games (5-4, 4-2 losses) with one of the NAIA Association of Independents leaders in Vorhees on Friday. The Eagles will return home and have a chance to rest before preparing to play in the postseason.
The NCCAA South Region Tournament begins on Wednesday, May 10, at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia. Final seeding and scheduling is still undetermined at this time.
The NCCAA World Series will take place at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, from May 24-27.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC