After 14 games on the road, Trinity Baptist College Eagles Softball had a chance to play on its home field. On Tuesday, the Eagles hosted the Gyrenes of Ave Maria University. Trinity came off a two-win double-header sweep over the weekend but faced a top-notch NAIA team on Tuesday. Ave Maria won both games 11-2 and 9-5.

Trinity’s Courtney Byrd continued her hot hitting with 5 hits in 6 in at bats, including two doubles, with two runs scored. Lauren Lewis and Heaven Crouse were both 1 for 3 in Game 1 and 2 for 4 in Game 2. Lewis scored twice and drove in a run while Crouse doubled once, scored once, and drove in two on her double. Courtney Blanset and Cierra Warren also hit safely for the Eagles, and Dasia Shepherd aided the offense with a RBI.

Kayla Bass also scored a run and drove one home in Game 2 as the Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the third and twice in the seventh. They also picked up two runs in Inning #2 of Game 1.

Ave Maria, a well-experienced NAIA powerhouse, took advantage of opportunities in each game. The Gyrenes got home runs from Michella Davis and Genevieve Twigg to help lead their offense in Game 1. Davis was 2 for 3 in the game, and Twigg drove in five runs in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. The two also combined to go 4 for 7 in Game 2, and Kalie Roemig totaled 3 hits in 4 at bats with three runs scored in the lead-off spot.

TBC Eagles and AMU Gyrenes close in prayer.

Trinity will host a double-header with Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College on Saturday, March 10. Game 1 starts at 1:00 p.m. EST, and the nightcap will follow at 3:00. Keiser University will come to Trinity on March 17 for two games, and then the Eagles will hit the road again for double-headers with Warner University on March 19 and Florida Southern University on March 20.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC

PHOTOS: Ms. Hoover Byrd, TBC Scorekeeper