Baseball Staves Off Late Rally to Edge Western New England, 6-5

Brendan Pierce '18 picked up his first career save in a big way as the Bantams clipped Western New England, 6-5
Brendan Pierce '18 picked up his first career save in a big way as the Bantams clipped Western New England, 6-5

Auburndale, Fla. - The Trinity College baseball team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 6-5 victory over Western New England on Wednesday, winning 6-5, despite a four-run seventh inning by the Golden Bears. The Bantams return to action tomorrow when they take on Rutgers-Camden at 3:30 p.m.

Trinity senior Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) reached base four times with three singles and a walk while also scoring two runs. Juniors Tyler Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) and Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) drove in two runs each, while classmate and co-captain Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs before coming on to pitch in the ninth and earning his first career save in a Bantam uniform.

After each team tallied a single run in the second, a single by Forgione in the fourth gave Trinity a 2-1 edge. The Bantams then claimed a 5-1 advantage with three runs in the top of the sixth. After the first three batters reached base, Forgione recorded an RBI groundout and Mooney followed with a two-run single up the middle. 

Western New England rallied to tie the contest at 5-5 with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, however. Golden Bear sophomore Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) started the rally with a double to left field, driving home a run. Classmate Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) followed with a two-run double down the left field line, and Erik Lacaire (Worcester, Mass.) drove in the game-tying run two batters later with a two-out single to right field.

Freshman right-hander Brian Scheid (East Hampton, Conn.) came on to work the eighth for the Golden Bears and recorded two quick outs, before an error and hit batter put two runners on base. Another Western New England error allowed Bantam rookie Alex Herbst (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) to score as Trinity took a 6-5 lead.

Western New England loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning, before Trinity sophomore Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) came on in relief and struck out the side. The Golden Bears had another opportunity to plate the game-tying run in the ninth, but Pierce shut the door to earn the save and seal the victory.