Trinity Baseball Sails by Bowdoin, Will Compete for NESCAC Crown Sunday
Hartford, Conn. – Senior Edward Donovan (Milton, Mass.) pitched eight strong innings and the offense backed him with 17 hits as the Trinity College Bantams cruised to a 13-3 win over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, on Campus Field at Trinity College today. The Bantams improve to 31-9 overall, and will have two chances to clinch the NESCAC Title tomorrow in the double elimination format tournament. Bowdoin’s loss was their first of the postseason, before bouncing back in the afternoon to edge the Williams Ephs, 2-1, to stay alive, and have a shot at the title tomorrow, in a rematch with the Bantams. Bowdoin will need to beat Trinity twice tomorrow to earn the Championship, while Trinity needs just one win. Game two will only be played if nesscessary. Bowdoin stands at 25-17 after today, while Williams ends their season with a record of 17-21.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the first after a double by junior Michael Rueger (Teaneck, N.J.) and a single by junior Joe Papa (Stoneham, Mass.). Papa knocked in two more runs in a four-run fourth before the Bantams added another pair in the fifth and one in the sixth to go up 8-0.
The Polar Bears fought back in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two-run single by junior Beau Breton (Bedford, N.H.). Donovan regained his composure, extinguishing the Bowdoin rally and going another two strong innings in the game. Rueger and freshman Adam Moossmann (East Northport, N.Y.) led the Trinity offensive attack, racking up three hits, two runs and two RBI apiece. Nine different Bantams picked up hits in the game, while six recorded multi-hit games. Junior Stephen Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) added a solo homerun for Trinity.
Tomorrow’s action starts at 10 a.m., as Trinity needs just one win to clinch the conference championship. Bowdoin needs to win the opening game to force a second game, and will need to win the second as well for a NESCAC crown. Trinity has won three out of four from Bowdoin this season, including today’s win. The Bantams have won three NESCAC Championships in program history, while Bowdoin is looking for their first, having finished runner-up in both 2010 and 2011.