Trinity makes it 2 straight over Jaguars

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Feb. 10, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2018 at 9:53 p.m.

Tanner Knowles' first start for UHV was a success despite the result.

Knowles yielded two hits and no earned runs in six innings of the Jaguars' 6-0 loss to Trinity on Saturday night at Riverside Stadium.

"I can't complain at all," said Knowles, who transferred to UHV from Richland College. "I think our defense played well behind me. Max (Shelton) caught a great game. So I can't complain at all."

Knowles had a no-hitter through five innings, did not walk a batter and had four strikeouts.

"I just wanted to establish myself," he said. "I've been starting before but it's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to get on the mound and do this, so I just wanted to have a good outing."

The only run Knowles surrendered was unearned and it came on a 0-2 pitch that resulted in a single by Jake Martin in the sixth.

"He had complete control and a very low pitch count," said UHV coach Terry Puhl. "He did everything that you would expect of him. He got that 0-2 one, but as for his strike ratio, it was just incredible."

The Jaguars had five hits, including two by Victoria East graduate Zak Vela in the leadoff spot.

But UHV (0-2) hit into four double plays and struck out nine times.

"Whenever a ball is hit hard, it seems to be at somebody," Puhl said. "I mentioned to them if we're going to swing at first pitches, we better hit a line drive. I don't mind making an out with a line drive but don't be popping up first pitches."

The Jaguars also had trouble in the field, committing five errors that led to a pair of unearned runs.

Trinity (2-0) took control with a three-run home run by Joey Pecoraro in the seventh inning.

"It was a little sloppy," Puhl said. "We talked about it. You can't give teams extra outs. But last night we played a good ballgame and today it was a good ballgame going into the seventh inning and it kind of fell apart."

The teams are scheduled to conclude the series at noon Sunday at Riverside Stadium.

Puhl said as a result of a cold front moving into the area, a decision on the game will be made early Sunday morning.

NOTES: Hallettsville graduate Brannen Caraway pinch hit for the Tigers in the eighth inning.

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James Nittoli, Brendan Meyer (7) and Michael Goodrich. Tanner Knowles, Collin Quinn (7), Mason Hulett (9) and Maxwell Shelton. W: Nittoli (1-0). L: Knowles (0-1). S: Meyer (1). Highlights: (T) Joey Pecoraro 1-for-3, 3-run HR; Goodrich 2-for-4, RBI; Michael Davis 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R. (UHV) Knowles 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO; Zak Vela 2-for-3; Chase Almendarez 1-for-4, 2B. Records: Trinity 2-0; UHV 0-2.


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