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Apr. 30, 2012
Two Spring Sports Team Titles
Trinity University's tennis squads win 2012 SCAC championships
SAN ANTONIO - All eight of Trinity's spring sports teams competed at their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at various locations around the conference, and both the Tiger men's and women's teams brought home SCAC Championships.
In North Little Rock, Ark., men's tennis defeated Rhodes College 7-2 to win for the 17th time overall and the third consecutive season. The Tiger women beat defending champion Sewanee: University of the South 6-3 to bring home its first title since 2006. Trinity has won 16 total SCAC Championships, but had finished third each of the past two seasons.
Men's golf started slowly at the three-round SCAC Championship in Tunica, Miss., but moved up to fourth place by the end of the tournament. Trinity's women's team shot its best round of the tournament on the final day to take fifth place overall. First-year Kalen Vos and junior Warren Taylor both earned All-SCAC honors for the Trinity men's team with their performance on the course.
The Tiger softball team advanced to its second consecutive conference final, though the team suffered two narrow losses to finish second in the SCAC once again. Trinity lost 5-2 against Birmingham-Southern College in game one, and then battled for 10 innings in game two, before losing 3-1 to Birmingham.
First-year Caitlynn Dykes became the first player in SCAC history to earn both SCAC Player of the Year (shared with two others) and SCAC Newcomer of the Year honors. Head Coach Selena Collins was also the SCAC Coach of the Year, after leading the team to its second-highest win total in school history with a 28-14 record. All 12 of Trinity's active players earned All-SCAC recognition - a first in Tiger softball history.
Baseball missed its bid for a third consecutive conference title, finishing third in the 2012 SCAC Tournament. Trinity won its first two games - including an extra-inning thriller against the University of Dallas - but then lost twice on Saturday to fall to third place overall. Eighth-ranked Trinity lost 5-3 against No. 11 Birmingham-Southern, and then lost again later that night against Millsaps College.
Head Coach Tim Scannell was named SCAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career, leading the team to its first-ever No. 1 ranking earlier in the season. Senior Ben Klimesh was the SCAC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, breaking countless school and conference records over the course of the season - including single season and career strikeout records for both Trinity and the SCAC.
Both men's and women's tennis have earned automatic bids to the NCAA Playoffs, while the other teams will await potential at-large selections to the postseason. Baseball stands as the most likely candidate, as the Tiger team is ranked No. 1 in the West Region heading into the month of May