A six-run fifth inning put Game 2 away, and the Trinity Baptist College Eagles completed a sweep of a Tuesday afternoon double-header over NAIA Aquinas College Saints of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trinity won the first game 4-0 and finished it off with a big 9-1 victory in the nightcap.
The games took place in Winter Haven, Florida. Aquinas is a member of the NAIA’s Wolverine-Hoosier Conference.
The Eagles’ big inning came on run-scoring hits from Richard Ruth (double), A.J. Alexio (single), Bryan Lopez (double), and Shawn Moose (single). Christian Draper, Ruth, Alexio, David Hall, Lopez, and Gabby Pedroza all came across on those hits to give the Eagles their 9-1 lead. Moose ‘s single drove in two, and Pedroza came in on the same play as the Saints mishandled the ball.
After falling behind 1-0 on Sterling Brinker‘s first-inning home run, the Eagles struck back with two runs in the third and one in the fourth. Jacob Bolena walked and scored when Moose reached on an error. T.J. Lanning later drove in Moose with a single. Lopez scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Jon Shiver pitched 4 1/3 innings to earn the win with Dan Richards (1 2/3 innings) and Jase Foshee (1 inning) in relief. The trio combined to allow one run on three hits with one walk one and eight strike outs, facing just one batter over the minimum.
In Game 1, the Eagles had two two-run rallies to shut out the Saints 4-0. Pedraza’s two-run double in the second started the scoring, and two unearned runs in the sixth sealed the victory.
Nick Lyle pitched a complete-game shutout, serving up only three hits while walking one and fanning eight.
Ruth was 3 for 6 with 2 R and 2 RBI on the afternoon, and Pedraza was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI to lead the Eagles’ attack. Lopez was also 2 for 2 while scoring twice and driving in one in Game 2.
The Eagles will return to Trinity to begin a nine-game home stand this weekend when Toccoa Falls College comes to town. Saturday’s double-header will begin at 12:00 noon EST, and the teams will finish the series Monday at 4:00. p.m EDT. Johnson University of Tennessee and Edward Waters College will then visit Trinity between March 20 and 25.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC