Trolls Suffer Losses to Titans

The Trolls did not get the outcome they wanted in a double-header at Indiana University-South Bend (South Bend, Indiana). Trinity held the team in both games, but did not sustain it. They dropped the first game with a 4-3 final. The second game went to an extra inning before the Trolls suffered a 10-9 loss. The team is now 25-17-1 overall and 16-9-1 in the CCAC.

In the first game of the twin-bill the Trolls struck first with two runs in the first inning and went up 3-0 after the top of the third.  The team lost their advantage in the bottom of the third when IU-South Bend scored three to tie the game.  In that inning the Trolls committed four errors.

The score stayed tied through the next two innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Trolls committed another error which allowed the Titans to score a run to go ahead. Trinity had one last opportunity to score, but could not get across the plate and took the loss.

The Trolls had eight hits, but committed seven errors. IU-South Bend ended the game with 10 hits. Will Kulcher and Josh Caceres each had two hits for the game. Christian Howell pitched through 5.2 innings and took the loss.

Again Trinity was the first on the board in the second game and with a two-run double by Caceres and home run by Alex Nisle that scored two more they had a 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning. They held that lead until the sixth inning when IU-South Bend made a dent in that lead with three runs. The Titans continued to score and with three more in the seventh they took a 6-4 lead.

The Trolls came right back in the next inning and scored three to make it a 7-6 game. For good measure the team added another run on a solo homer by Jake Tholl in the top of the ninth. That extra run did not matter as the Titans came right back and scored two runs in the bottom half to tie the game at 8-8.

In the extra inning Caceres tripled and scored on a single by Austin Wood to give the Trolls a run and the lead.  In the bottom half the Titans loaded the bases on two walks and a single bunt. The next batter singled to left field to drive in two runs to end the game.  

Trinity ended the game with 13 hits and IU-South Bend had 11. Wood led the team with three hits while Brandon Riemersma, Nisle, and Caceres each had two. Jared Smaga stepped to the mound in the ninth inning and got the loss.

 The team plays next on April 26 at the University of St. Francis at 3 pm.