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Trinity (Texas) wins home opener

SAN ANTONIO -- Fifth-rankedTrinity (Texas) opened its 2014 season with a 7-4 win versus Chapman on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers improved to 14-2 in season openers under head coach Tim Scannell, who has also won all 10 of his season openers at home. Trinity rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn the win, taking the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Chapman opened the scoring with two unearned runs in the top of the second, scoring on a throwing error. Trinity's Pat Hirschberg crushed a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to score the first run of the season for the Tigers, and cut the lead in half. 

Nick Jewett and Nick Griffith both drove in runs in the fifth to put Trinity in front for the first time in the game. In the sixth, Christian Muscarello and Jeremy Wolf both drove in runs to put the Tigers up 5-2.

In the seventh, Chapman made it a 5-4 game with two runs, but the Tigers finished off the game with a two-run homer from Wolf in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Wolf was 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer, scoring two runs, and driving in three to lead the Trinity offense. Hirschberg and Jewett both had two hits in the game, as did Carter McEachern.

Kyle Bogese (1-0) earned the win with nine strikeouts over 6 and 1/3 innings of work, allowing two earned runs -- four runs total -- and walking five batters. Kevin Flores pitched the final 2 and 2/3 innings to earn the save in his first collegiate apperance. Flores allowed just two hits and recorded four strikeouts.

No. 1 Linfield 5, Pacific Lutheran 2

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- The Wildcats and Lutes took a 2-2 ballgame into the top of the seventh, but Linfield tooks a 5-2 win against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. In the seventh, Jake Wylie smacked a two-RBI double to score Kekoa Kaulukukui and Nick Fisher, who had drawn walks off PLU reliever Cory Nelson.

Pinch runner Jackson Ruckert scored for Chance Laboda on Kaulukukui's ninth-inning RBI single to tack on an insurance run for the top-ranked ‘Cats.

Eric Lawson got the offense going early, delivering a two-out RBI double that scored Fisher and Wylie in the top of the first.

Pacific Lutheran knotted things up in the bottom of the second frame. Kit Banko drew a leadoff walk off Brandon, and advanced to third on Daniel Altch's ensuing double. Kort Skoda's groundout RBI scored Banko, and a sacrifice bunt from Jacob Clemen scored Altch from third. Bo Welch reached on a single, but was left stranded when Brandon coaxed Bo Pearson into a fly out.

Zah Brandon surrendered two more hits and a walk over the next four innings, but no runs, and finished his afternoon with a three-up, three-down seventh inning before handing off to Joseph Stevick, who gave up just one hit over the final three frames.

No. 1 Linfield 10, Redlands 3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Down 2-0 early, Linfield posted a four-spot in the bottom of the second and a huge six-run fifth inning to put some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs in Linfield's 10-3 victory.

Aaron Thomassen gave up two runs in the top of the first, but allowed only one additional hit the remainder of his seven-inning spell as the Linfield offense rallied.

“After a shaky first inning, Aaron kept Redlands' batters in check with seven quality innings,” Linfield head coach Scott Brosius said. “Two big innings offensively helped us answer the bell and put the game away.”

Finn McMichael supplied a two-out single to score Kramer Lindell and Nate McClellan and advanced to third on a fielding error. Corey VanDomelen brought him home on a sacrifice fly, and just like that, the ‘Cats doubled up the Bulldogs 4-2.

Thomassen retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced, but Redlands starter Nate Richards was nearly as effective, at least temporarily, delivering a one-two-three third inning and allowing just one hit in the fourth frame.

Linfield got to Richards in the bottom of the fifth, driving the freshman lefty from the game off four consecutive hits.

VanDomelen started things off with a single, and scored on Fisher's RBI double. Jake Wylie made it back-to-back doubles in the next at-bat, and Clayton Truex churned out an RBI single to push the Wildcat advantage to 7-2. Hayden Haigh replaced Richards and forced Eric Lawson into a groundout for the second out, but an error in the next at-bat allowed Jo Carroll to reach base and Truex to score from third. The Bulldog defense finally got out of the inning when Haigh set up Fisher for a fly out to left field.

No. 10 Cal Lutheran 13, Emory 2

Emory 11, No. 10 Cal Lutheran 8

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- On opening day, Cal Lutheran erupted for 12 runs in the final four innings of game one to defeat Emory 13-2 Saturday and despite committing four errors defensively, the Kingsmen still sent the game-tying run to the plate in the eighth inning of game two but couldn’t get the big hit and fell 11-8 in the night cap. 

In game one, each team scratched across a run in the first inning but neither could continue the offensive momentum. Emory held Cal Lutheran scoreless for four innings while CLU starting pitcher Jake Petersen was equally impressive, retiring 10 of the next 12 batters he faced.

Petersen (1-0) went seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out eight. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Tyler Hebda pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits and striking out two.

Each of Cal Lutheran’s starters had at least one hit while Justin Cana led at the plate by going 3-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI. Nicho DellaValle had three hits to go along with three runs scored. Austin Kay had two hits in his debut for the Kingsmen while Ramsey Abushala and Collin Crowl both knocked in two runs. Gabe Gunter also collected an RBI single in his CLU debut.

Game two saw Cal Lutheran take a 2-0 lead in the first inning when DellaValle reached on an error and was later brought in by an Abushala single. On the very next pitch, Crowl roped a double into the right field gap, plating Abushala from first base.

Emory took the lead in the top of the third after loading the bases and CLU starting pitcher Scotty Peters’ pick-off throw ricocheted off of Brandon Hannon’s helmet and went into right field, allowing Jordan Selbach to score. Brett Lake would then single into left field scoring two more Eagles and giving Emory a 3-2 lead.

The Kingsmen regained the lead the next inning when Petersen had a two-RBI double to right field and Abushala followed with an RBI single to centerfield and made the score 5-4.

The Kingsmen would commit three errors and surrender four unearned runs as Emory retook the lead at 11-5.