Auburndale, Fla. - Bantam rookie C Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) laced his second double of the evening with two outs in the top of the tenth inning, scoring junior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) from second base, as the Trinity College baseball team held on to win a wild, 10-9, ballgame over the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs on Saturday night in the team's season opener in Florida. Trinity begins the season 1-0 with a doubleheader against Dickinson College on the docket tomorrow afternoon while UMass-Dartmouth falls to 1-2 to begin the year.
Lauder was one of four Trinity players to tally multiple hits on the evening as senior 3B Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.), sophomore SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) and Mooney also added a pair of base-knocks. DiBenedetto drove home four runs to pace the Bantam offense while the Corsairs were led by Jack Harrington who went 2-for-4 with a double, a homerun and three RBIs, while teammate Taylor Cacciola also drove home three and had a pair of hits. Junior P Anthony Egeln Jr. (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) started on the bump for Trinity and finished with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Sophomore southpaw Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) picked up the win in relief for Trinity after giving up just one hit and recording a strikeout in two innings of work to close the game.
Both teams traded runs in the first inning before UMass-Dartmouth jumped out to a 4-1 lead thanks to two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth. Trinity responded in a big way with a four-run top of the sixth to reclaim a one-run lead. Junior LF Matt Toth (New Canaan, Conn.) ignited the rally with an RBI single to right field that scored Mooney, before later scoring on a two-RBI single to left by DiBenedetto.
Trinity tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh when junior Ryan Vultaggio (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Mooney came across on a throwing error by UMass-Dartmouth.
The Corsairs put up a five-spot in the home half of the eighth inning thanks largely in part to a two-RBI single off the bat of Cacciola before a bomb to right field by Harrington put UMass-Dartmouth back in control, 9-7.
Down to their last at-bats in the top of the ninth, the Bantams scored two runs with their backs against the wall to force extra innings. With two outs, Trinity managed to work the bases loaded after a Corsair error and back-to-back walks. Sophomore Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) then saw ball-four which brought home Lauder as the eighth run and kept the bases loaded. DiBenedetto followed with a single to left field to tie the game and keep Trinity alive.
After a scoreless bottom of the ninth, Mooney got things going with a one-out single which he advanced to second base on due to a UMass-Dartmouth error. After a fly-out to center, Lauder came up and roped a double to center field, scoring Mooney to put Trinity ahead, 10-9, as Mohl went on to shut the door in the home half and send the Bantams home victorious.