AC eliminated from conference tournament

The Austin College baseball team fell in a big hole early and was never quite able to climb out, falling 18-12 on Friday afternoon in the second round of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. With the loss, the ’Roos are eliminated from the tournament and will see their season come to an end with an overall record of 19-21.

Trinity struck first on a sacrifice fly by Evan Jones in the top of the first to make it 1-0 but Austin College answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to grab a 2-1 lead. Andy White doubled home a run and Brian Buehler drove in the second run for the ’Roos. The lead would be short lived though as Trinity would plate four in the second to make it a 5-2 game, and the Trinity offense opened things up in the third with a six run inning.

Dominick Robusto drove in two with a double to get things started and two more came in on a Dylan Early base hit to highlight the inning for Trinity as the Tigers grabbed an 11-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning. Austin College would get one back in the third on a single by Buehler to make it 11-3 with three innings in the books.

That remained the score until Austin College started to rally in the fourth with two runs coming home on an error and Scooter Merritt and Andy White each knocked in a run to cap off a four run inning to make it 11-7 heading into the fifth. After Will Chermak held TU scoreless through two innings in relief, the Tigers finally figured out the senior with three runs coming home in the sixth to push the Trinity lead to 14-7.

White and Tyler Appelquist each drove in a run in the sixth as the ’Roos put two more runs on the board to make it 14-9, but the Tigers scored on a wild pitch and added a two run homer by Chris Walden in the top of the seventh to push the lead back to 17-9. Austin College would manage to fight back to pick up a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut it to a 17-11 game on back to back RBI singles from Appelquist and Bennett Herrick, and after Trinity tacked on another run in the ninth White would add another RBI double but it would not be enough as the ’Roos would fall 18-12.

Christian Curtis took the loss for Austin College, surrendering five runs on six hits in 2.0 innings of work and White finished 4-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI to lead the ’Roos. Appelquist went 3-for-6 and knocked in a pair of runs and Jordan Robison finished 3-for-4. Merritt scored four times in the loss.

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