Hartford, Conn., November 11, 2010 –Trinity College alum Jeremiah Bayer’09 (Greenfield, Mass.), who is currently playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox organization, was one of five pitchers selected for the D3Baseball.com 2000’s All-Decade First Team. Bayer was the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Pitcher of the Year and the D3Baseball.com National Pitcher of the Year in 2009 and a two-time All-American for the Bantams. He led Trinity to its only NCAA Division III Championship title in nay sport, an NCAA record 44 wins in a row to start the season, and an inconceivable 45-1 final record in any sport in 2008, and then back to the NCAA Division III World Series in 2009. He was also chosen as the 2009 New England and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year. Former Bantams Kurt Piantek’03 (Wallingford, Conn.), an infielder on Trinity’s 2003 World Series team who led all of NCAA Division III in home runs, earned National Division III Player of the Year honors, and played in the Detroit Tigers organization and Sean Killeen’09 (Greenfield, Mass.), a two-time All-American and Bayer’s catcher who is also playing minor league ball in the Red Sox system, graced the D3Baseball.com All-Decade Honorable Mention. The Bantams, coached by Bill Decker (20th Season), posted a 19-11 record and finished tied for second in the NESCAC East with a 6-6 division mark.
Bayer went 12-1 (2nd in nation in wins, College record for wins) with a 0.85 ERA (1st in nation) and one save, five complete games, two shutouts, 94 strikeouts against 24 walks, and 64 hits allowed in 14 games (11 starts) and 95.1 innings pitched in 2009. He was selected in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox. A transfer prior to his junior season from Division I Vermont, Bayer totaled a 21-1 record (College record for winning percentage) and a 1.07 ERA (College record) in his two-year career as a Bantam with 165 strikeouts, 41 walks, 119 hits allowed, six complete games, and two shutouts in 31 appearances (20 starts) and 176.1 innings pitched.