Trinity Baseball Swept At Wesleyan To Close Regular Season

Trinity Baseball Swept At Wesleyan To Close Regular Season

Middletown, Conn. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams were swept by the Wesleyan University Cardinals in a regular-season ending baseball doubleheader this afternoon on Dresser Diamond, losing, 6-2, in the seven-inning opener, and, 8-1, in the nightcap.  Trinity follows up a six-game winning streak with a five-game losing skid to close the regular campaign, but will get a chance at revenge in six days when they face Wesleyan on the opening day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament in New Hampshire.  Wesleyan improves to 22-10.

In the first game, Trinity took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when senior OF Nick Pezzella (Worcester, Mass.) walked, stole second, and advanced home on an error and a wild pitch. Bantam sophomore starter Anthony Egeln (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) allowed just one single through three innings but allowed five runs in the fourth frame as Jordan Farber (Livingston, N.J.) highlighted the inning with a two-run single for the Cardinals.  The Bantams got one run back in the fifth inning when senior co-captain C Scott Cullinane (East Greenwich, R.I.) led off with a single and scored on a Pezzella groundout.  Wesleyan added an insurance run in the sixth inning, as Marco Baratta (Tenafly, N.J.) doubled and scored on a squeeze bunt by Nick Miceli (West Hartford, Conn.).  Egeln went the distance in the first game, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs with two strikeouts and zero walks to fall to 4-2, while Peter Rantz (Boca Raton, Fla.) improved to 6-3 and Miceli collected his sixth save of the spring for the home team.  Cullinane finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Farber and Baratte were both 2-for-3 for the Cardinals.

Seven Wesleyan hurlers held the Bantams to five hits and a single run over nine innings in the second game, and pounded out 15 hits on offense.  Trailing, 1-0, after one stanza, Trinity tied it on  a single by junior Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) and first-year Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.), and an RBI single by Cullinane.  Wesleyan took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI triple by Miceli and a Trinity fielding error and scored in each of the next four frames to pull away.  Junior LHP Chris Speer (Westport, Conn.) lasted five innings and allowed 11 hits and seven runs to fall to 1-4, while senior left Sam Jordan (Sherborn, Mass.) and sophomore southpaw McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) added a scoreless inning apiece on the hill for the Bantams in game two.