The Austin College softball team dropped a pair to Trinity University on Thursday night, falling 4-2 in game one and 9-3 in game two to fall to 12-16 overall and 2-8 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on the year.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in game one before Austin College got a pair of runs in the bottom of the second when Cierra Wieghat drew a walk with the bases loaded and Katie Hendrickson drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt, but a two run homer by Lindsay Weyand in the top of the fourth put the Tigers back on top 3-2. The Tigers would plate another in the top of the sixth and the ’Roos would fail to answer, falling by a 4-2 final.
Wieghat went 2-for-2 with an RBI for the ’Roos, who had just four hits as a team in the game. Ashley Johnson took the loss, giving up four runs, none earned, on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.
In game two, the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and added three more runs in the third to make it a 7-0 game early on. Trinity would add another run to make it an 8-0 game before Austin College finally got on the board when Kali Gossett drove in Charlotte Trudell in the bottom of the fourth.
Trinity would take advantage of three Austin College errors in the sixth to plate another run to make it a 9-1 game, and a comeback attempt by the ’Roos would fall short despite runs in the sixth and seventh to make it a 9-3 final. Wieghat scored on an error in the sixth and drove in Courtney Nitson in the seventh for the final two AC runs.
Wieghat went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the game and Stefanie Faith and Heather Farquhar each went 2-for-4. Sam Matulis went the distance for Austin College, surrendering nine runs, five earned, on eight hits in 7.0 innings of work.
The ’Roos will wrap up their four game series with Trinity in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m.
Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.