Kayla Bass and Lauren Lewis each homered for the Eagles, and the pair combined for 5 RBI in Saturday’s double-header with Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College. Trinity rallied back from a big deficit in Game 1 but could not pull even, and the Tigers of Edward Waters won both games by scores of 9-5 and 15-3.
Game 1: EWC 9, TBC 5
As her team trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning of Game 1, Bass stepped to the plate with Dasia Shepherd (reached on error) on second and Lewis (single) on first. Bass laced a fastball well over the left-center field fence for a no-doubt three-run home run to pull the Eagles within two. Ed Waters, though, answered back in the top of the fourth to rebuild a four-run lead.
Trinity again pulled to within two in the sixth on a RBI triple from Lena Springer. Heaven Crouse tripled herself to open the frame and scored on Springer’s liner down into the right-field corner. Courtney Blanset then drove in Springer with a sacrifice fly to deep center to make the score 7-5. EWC got two more runs in the seventh to put up the game’s final score.
Game 2: EWC 15, TBC 3
Leading off the bottom of the third, Lewis replicated Bass’s home run with a drive that looked very similar to her teammate’s from Game 1. Bass then reached on an error and scored the Eagles’ second run of the inning.
Courtney Byrd nearly matched the home run feat with a drive to that hit the top of the right-field fence for a three-bagger. Byrd then scored on Lewis’s RBI ground ball for the Eagles’ final tally.
Overall on the day, Bass and Lewis combined for a line that leads 5-14, BB, 4 R, 3 XBH, 12 TB, and 5 RBI. Crouse was 2 for 7 with a run scored while Shepherd, Jerez, and Cierra Warren also hit safely for the Eagles.
Edward Waters hit four home runs on the day; Samantha Hiley and Alyssa Fonda homered in Game 1, and Janelis Castro-Morales and Brashella Keys followed suit in Game 2. Keys’s shot was a grand slam to center that capped a five-run fourth inning. The experienced NAIA Tigers took advantage of extra opportunities all afternoon in totaling 24 runs on 21 hits in the double-header.
The Eagles will host NAIA Sun Conference Keiser University for two games on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The next two double-headers are on the road at the Sun Conference’s Warner University on March 19 and at NCAA Division 2 Florida Southern College on March 20 for their final games in March.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC