Auburndale, Fla. - Despite coming back to take a 6-5 lead after trailing 5-0 early, the Trinity College Baseball team fell to the RPI Engineers, 9-6, on Monday afternoon at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale, Fla. The loss drops the Bantams to 2-2 on the year while RPI improves to 3-6 overall. After an off day tomorrow, Trinity returns to action on Wednesday when they play Western New England at 9:30 a.m. back in Auburndale.
RPI jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, beginning with an RBI-single to right by Sean Welling (Baltimore, Md.). Junior Ethann Meister (Santa Teresa, N.M.) followed with a two-run triple to the gap in right center to cap off the inning's scoring.
With one out in the third, Engineer senior Sam Lawrence (Chicago, Ill.) drove a towering homer to straight away center for a 4-0 lead. Welling then doubled down the line in left to score classmate Jason Ramos (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and give the Engineers a 5-0 lead.
Trinity got one run back in the home half of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by junior Carter Snyder (Lemont, Ill.). A Ryan Vultaggio (Vero Beach, Fla.) run-scoring single in the sixth brought the Bantams within two.
The Bantams came roaring back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs to take a 6-5 lead. Senior Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) started things off with a double down the left field line that scored sophomore Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) before junior Christian Orsini (Livingston, N.J.) came up clutch with a single to center that brought home a pair. Fellow junior Tyler Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) delivered the go-ahead run on a sac fly.
The Bantams' lead did not last long, however, as the Engineers answered with a four-run inning of their own. Welling tied the game with a home run to left, before senior captain Thomas Desmond (Alamo, Calif.) gave RPI the lead for good with a slicing line drive single to left, scoring Meister. A two-run single by Lawrence capped off RPI's offense for the inning as the Engineers kept Trinity off the board in the eighth and the ninth to come away with the victory.