Middletown, Conn. – Completing a game suspended after five innings due to rain yesterday, Wesleyan, leading 5-3, started today by adding three runs in the top of the 6th, and went on to claim an 8-4 victory in an elimination game of the NESCAC Baseball Championship Tournament. Trinity ends its season with a 21-19 record, while Wesleyan advances to the championship game against Amherst, which stands at 2-0 in the tournament after wins over Trinity, 8-5, and Wesleyan, 5-4 in 13 innings.
“We played hard down the stretch,” Interim Head Coach Mark Lambert said after the game. “The tournament could have gone either way, as most do. One big at bat, or one big pitch could have changed everything.”
Wesleyan started the day off with a big top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Donnie Cimino triggered the three-run 6th for the Cardinals with a two-run double into the left-center field gap, making it a 7-3 game. Sophomore Jon Dennett hit a single into left to drive home Cimino for an 8-3 lead.
Trinity tried to string together a rally in the 7th, when sophomore Kyle Decker (Simsbury, Conn.) and classmate Adam Moossmann (East Northport, N.Y.) walked, before advancing to second and third on a groundout. Senior Alex Almeida (Bridgeport, Conn.) delivered an RBI single, but an inning-ending double play quieted the Trinity threat. Strong defensive plays by senior co-captain Stephen Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) and senior co-captain Joe Papa (Stoneham, Mass.) helped to prevent further damage by the Wesleyan bats, but Trinity ran out of innings before the bats were able to get things going.
Yesterday, Wesleyan opened the game with three unearned runs off sophomore starter Scott Huley (Greenwich, Conn.) in the 1st inning. An error to begin the game opened the door for an RBI double by Yin, and RBI grounder by Cimino and an RBI double by Moran. Trinity plated an unearned run in the 1st on a Wesleyan error at second base on a steal by Papa, who walked, allowing senior co-captain Michael Reuger (Teaneck, N.J.) to trot home after he walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout.
Wesleyan made it 4-1 in the 2nd when Hoynes led off with a double, moved to third and scored on a single by senior Chris Bonti. Trinity got within a run in the 4th on two Wesleyan errors, combined with a triple by Decker, as he drove in a run, then scored on a miscue. The last run before the stoppage came in the 5th for Wesleyan, courtesy of freshman Guy Davidson's RBI double, scoring Dennett, who walked.
Trinity junior Patrick Carbone (North Wales, Pa.) went four innings for the Bantams before the rain delay, allowing six hits and two runs. Junior Peter Burrows (Floral Park, N.Y.) handled the final four innings, giving up four hits and three runs with six strikeouts. On the mound, Wesleyan got five innings of one-hit pitching from freshman Gavin Pittore before the suspension. He allowed three unearned runs and earned the win. Freshman Peter Rantz threw the final four innings for a save, yielding two hits and one run.
“I’m very happy with my seniors -- can’t ask
to coach better people,” Lambert added. “Anytime
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