Jon Shiver and Daniel Burnsed had the bats working, and Uriah Brewer and Austin Hiller did the job on the mound as the Eagles won twice on Saturday and completed a four-game sweep of NAIA Voorhees College. Saturday’s final scores were 9-2 and 7-1.
Game 1: Eagles 9, Tigers 2
Shiver put up an offensive line of 4-4, 2 2B, and 3 RBI. Both his doubles went to the opposite field and both nearly left the ball park. His RBI double in the bottom of the fourth scored Kelvin George and made the score 4-1. Shiver then put runs 8 and 9 on the board with a two-run single in the sixth.
Shiver would continue his offensive attack in Game 2.
Nick Mackedon started the scoring in the second. He worked a walk, advanced to second on a balk, and scored on an error two batters later. The Eagles held that 1-0 lead until the fourth.
Trinity plated three runs in the fourth on George’s two-run single and Shiver’s double. They added five more in the fifth with RBI singles from Dan Richard, Matt Carter, and George (bunt). These three hits preceded Shiver’s fourth hit of the game.
Brewer pitched five scoreless innings in earning the win. He allowed only five hits while walking one and striking out one.
Voorhees scored twice in the top of the sixth on a two-run single from Jacoby Cooley. Darrius England and Jameaze McNeal opened the inning with hits and scored on Cooley’s hit. The two Tigers combined for a 8-for-13, 3-run performance throughout the afternoon. Each had three hits in Game 1 and one more in the finale.
Game 2: Eagles 7, Tigers 1
Burnsed’s first home run of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second, and the Eagles scored in each inning of the rain-shortened Game 2. Burnsed lined a fastball over the 340 sign down the left-field line to put Trinity ahead 2-1. He also doubled off that same sign in the fifth and scored his second run of the game later in the inning.
Burned was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the third.
Shiver led off the game with a walk, giving himself five straight plate appearances reaching base. Only a diving catch at the fence by left-fielder Ni-Twuan Hill broke the streak in the second. Shiver finished the day 5 for 7 with 5 RBI when he had an unusual two-run sacrifice fly in the fifth that became the game’s final play due to very heavy rain and lightning that started immediately afterward.
Richard drove in Shiver in the first and picked up his third RBI of the day in the fourth. He finished the day with a line of 2 for 7, 3 RBI, 1 R. David Quevedo had a RBI single in the fourth, and David Hall scored twice. Carter was 1 for 2 in Game 2 and finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored overall, and George was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs on the day.
Austin Hiller pitched all five innings for the complete-game victory.
Hiller allowed only one earned run on six hits while walking two and fanning three.
The Eagles have nine games left on the regular-season schedule. They will play three at Florida National University (Miami) on April 13 and 14, three at Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa, GA) on April 20 and 21, and three with Edward Waters College (Jacksonville) on April 27 (home) and 28 (DH, away).
Trinity will host the NCCAA South Region Tournament, which runs from May 8-11.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC