Trinity University advanced to its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game, with an 8-0 win over the DePauw University Tigers Saturday afternoon at USA Stadium.
Trinity, (31-7) will make its 15th appearance in 19 season in the SCAC championship. The Tigers of Trinity received a solid outing from starter Ben Klimesh. Klimesh threw a complete game shutout while scattering seven hits and striking out 11 DePauw Tigers. He faced just seven batters over the minimum during his nine innings.
The Texas Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings and then tacked on three in the sixth and two in the eight for the win. Trinity was once again led by SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year Evan Jones.
Jones continued his torrid hitting pace as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. He upped his tournament average to an astounding .818 (9-for-11) with six RBI, three doubles and one homerun. Through three tournament games, Jones has posted a 1.364 slugging percentage to go along with an .800 on base percentage.
DePauw struggled against Klimesh. The Indiana Tigers were able to seriously threaten the Texas Tigers twice. Both instances came late in the game. DePauw had runners on first and third with two outs only to see the rally end. Their best chance came in the bottom of the ninth. DePauw was able to load the bases with two outs. However, Klimesh buckled down and got Drew Holy to strike out to end the game.
Mike Peterson, DePauw's starter, took the loss to drop to 1-8 on the year. He pitched 5.1 innings, yielding six earned runs, nine hits and struck out three. Taylor Hoffman, Jon Newman and Alex Wright posted multi-hit games for DePauw.
After the game Jeff DeBaldo of the SCAC had the chance to speak with both head coaches.
To listen to DePauw head coach Jake Martin, click here.
To listen to Trinity head coach Tim Scannell, click here.