Trinity Baseball Players Collect Numerous Post-Season Honors
Hartford, Conn., July 18, 2012 – Trinity College first-year RHP Sean Meekins (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was named to the D3Baseball.com All-New England First Team, while junior IF Stephen Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) and junior righty reliever Ben Goldberg (Plainview, N.Y.) were each chosen for the D3Baseball.com All-New England Second Team. Goldberg was also named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England Division III First Team, while Rogers graced the All-NEIBA and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III All- New England Second Team, and Meekins earned a spot on the All-NEIBA Third Team. Rogers also joined senior tri-captain 1B/C Kevin Mortimer (Spencer, Mass.) and junior OF Michael Rueger (Teaneck, N.J.) on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference First Team, while Bantam senior OF David Casanova (Bristol, Conn.) and first-year 3B Adam Moossmann (East Northport, N.Y.) each graced the All-NESCAC Second Team, and Meekins was honored as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Mortimer was selected for and played in the 38th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game on Monday, June 11 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Most recently, Goldberg was chosen for the Jewish Sports Review Division II/III All-American Team.
Trinity, coached by Bill Decker (22nd Season), enjoyed an outstanding 2012 season, finishing with a 34-11 record and winning the NESCAC Championship title. The Bantams hosted the league tournament as the top seed in the NESCA East Division due to a 10-2 division mark, and breezed through the weekend with a 6-5 win over Williams and a pair of victories against Bowdoin, 14-2, and, 6-0. Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which the Bantams won in 2008 with a record-setting 45-1 final record, after a two-year hiatus, and defeated Southern Maine, 13-8, and St. Joseph's (Maine), 6-0,before bowing out with back-to-back losses to eventual champion Wheaton, 6-4 and Western New England, 2-1, respectively.
Meekins posted the Trinity staff's best record at 7-0 with a 1.90 ERA (3rd on team, 3rd in NESCAC) in a stellar rookie campaign that also included 24 strikeouts, one save, and 29 hits allowed in nine appearances (eight starts) and 42.2 innings pitched. A graduate of Xavier High School, he is the son of Stacy and Christopher Meekins.
Rogers led Trinity in hitting at .381 (7th in NESCAC) with a team-high 61 hits in 160 at-bats, a team-high 43 runs, six doubles, a College-record seven triples, six home runs (2nd on team), 36 RBI (2nd on team), 20 walks, a .449 on-base percentage (2nd on team), a team-high .619 slugging percentage, and a team-high 13 steals in 13 tries in 44 games (all starts). A 2010 All-NESCAC Second Teamer, Rogers transitioned to shortstop early in 2012 after two-plus seasons at third base due to fill a team need due to injuries. Rogers is a graduate of St. Sebastian's School. He is the son of Elizabeth and James Rogers.
Goldberg posted a 6-1 record (T2nd on team in wins) with a team-high five saves and a NESCAC-low 1.80 ERA, 37 strikeouts (3rd on team), one shutout, and 33 hits allowed in a team-high 18 appearances (three starts) and 45 innings pitched. A graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, Goldberg is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree as an economics major at Trinity. He is the son of Wendy and David Goldberg.
Mortimer started all 45 games and led Trinity in home runs with eight, RBI with 39, and walks with 35 to go with 47 hits (3rd on team) in 149 at-bats, 36 runs (3rd on team), 10 doubles (3rd on team), a .544 slugging percentage (2nd on team), a .448 on-base percentage, and a .315 batting average. He was an All-NESCAC First Team and an All-New England Third Team selection in 2011. In his fine career, Mortimer batted .330 on 119 hits in 361 at-bats with 70 runs, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 93 RBI, and 69 walks in 123 games. An alum of Worcester Academy, Mortimer twice earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics. He is the son of Dorinne and Jack Mortimer.
Rueger batted .352 (2nd on team) with 58 hits (2nd on team) in a team-high 165 at-bats, and added 40 runs (3rd on team), a team-high 16 doubles, four homers (3rd on team), 28 RBI, 18 walks, a .521 slugging percentage (3rd on team), a .417 on-base percentage, and nine steals in as many attempts in 45 games and 44 starts this spring. A graduate of Teaneck High School, Rueger is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection as a biochemistry and economics major at Trinity. He is the son of Cecily and David Rueger.
Casanova batted .323 with 40 hits in 124 at-bats, and added 33 runs, five doubles, 12 RBI, 14 walks, and 12 steals in 15 attempts while playing a near-flawless centerfield in 42 games and 36 starts this spring. In his career, which included two-plus seasons as a relief pitcher, Casanova batted .333 on 55 hits in 165 at-bats with six doubles, 15 RBI, 20 walks, and 13 steals in 16 tries. He also posted a 4.66 ERA with one save and 11 strikeouts against five walks in 15 appearances and 19.1 innings pitched on the mound. An alum of Bristol Eastern High School, Casanova graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in political science. He is the son of Angie Roldan. Moossmann batted .343 with 37 hits in 108 at-bats, and added 14 runs, three doubles, 22 RBI, 14 walks, and a .429 0-base percentage in 36 games and 31 starts this spring. A graduate of Northport High School, he is the son of Christine and Arthur Moossmann.