A four-run ninth inning gave the Eagles a come-from-behind victory, and Trinity Baptist College defeated the Royals of Johnson University 5-4 Monday afternoon in Knoxville.
Trinity started the top of the ninth down 4-1, but — as Coach Jon Copeland said — “came from behind in dramatic fashion with a four-run rally to take the lead.”
Nick Mackedon‘s base hit started that rally, and Bryan Lopez, Christian Draper, and Kelvin George each followed with hits to pull TBC to within one run at 4-3. Draper’s base hit drove in Mackedon, and George’s brought home Lopez to tighten the score.
With two outs, a throwing error by Johnson’s first baseman then allowed both the tying and eventual winning runs (Draper, George) to score for the Eagles.
Lopez and Draper had three hits each on the day and combined for three runs driven in. Lopez drove in a run earlier in the game to put the Eagles on the board.
Dan Richard took the mound in the eighth and pitched the final two innings of shutout ball to pick up the win after a scoreless seventh from Austin Hiller. Starting pitcher Michael Cohick pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs. Cohick recovered, however, to keep his team in the game and allow his offense the opportunity for the late rally, and the Eagles responded.
Game 2 was rained out, and a make-up date is undetermined at this time.
The Eagles have Tuesday off as they travel to Winston Salem, North Carolina, to play two at Piedmont International University on Wednesday, March 21. The first pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, and the games will stream on Piedmont’s Live Stream page.
–Raymond Bureau, Jon Copeland, TBC