From Trevecca Sports Information
Nashville, Tn – The Trevecca Nazarene (20-8, 4-2 G-MAC) baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Salem International (5-21, 1-5 G-MAC) Friday afternoon in two Great Midwest Athletic Conference games at Jackson Field.
It was the first-ever meetings between the two schools.
Michael Purcell stole the show in game one tossing a no-hitter while Ryan Arington and Luke Fennell came up big in game two lifting the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory.
Purcell (6-1) was near perfect for TNU tossing a complete game while striking out nine batters. He issued just one walk, in the first inning, before retiring every Tiger batter the rest of the way.
The Trojan offense collected six hits and scored three runs on the day. Trevecca got on the board in the second inning as Arington hit a sacrifice fly to center field plating Ethan Hurt.
In the third, Fennell hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Tyler Tichenor to push the Trojan lead to 2-0.
Tichenor capped off the Trojan scoring effort with an RBI double in the fifth plating Nick Howell.
Hurt, Tichenor and Howell each had two hits to lead TNU.
Salem International grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as Peyton Newsom connected with a two-out, two-run homer to left field.
The Trojan offense sputtered through the first four innings totaling just two hits.
But in the fifth, still trailing 2-0, Trevecca’s offense would come alive.
Cameron Boyett and Hurt started the frame with a single and double, respectively.
Two batters later, Arington came through with a full-count, two-run single to left field tying the game at 2.
After an RBI single from Tichenor gave TNU a 3-2 lead, Newman reached on a fielder’s choice that turned into a throwing error by SIU’s third baseman.
With the bases loaded, Fennell went first-pitch swinging and smoked a shot over the left field wall.
Trevecca added two more runs in the sixth on a two-run single from Tichenor.
Salem International plated a pair of runs in the seventh to bring the final tally to 9-4.
Alex Shoulders (4-2) tossed a complete game, scattering eight hits and tied for his season high with eight strikeouts.
Howell went 3-for-4 with his nation-leading ninth triple of the year while scoring a pair of runs. Tichenor went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Fennell went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and four runs driven in.
The same two teams will meet tomorrow for a noon doubleheader at Jackson Field.