Auburndale, Fla. – The Trinity College baseball team fell, 14-5, on Thursday afternoon to the Rutgers-Camden Raptors at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida. The loss drops the Bantams to 3-3 overall while the Raptors improve to 5-4 on the year. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for a matchup with Salve Regina at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Haven.
Rutgers-Camden got on the board in the top of the first inning, via a solo homerun, to take an early 1-0 lead. After Peter Farlow, who led off the inning with a single up the middle, was thrown out at second by Bantam rookie catcher Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.), Chris Jones came up and belted a two-out blast deep over the left field fence.
After four innings of scoreless baseball, Rutgers-Camden added to its lead with a five-run top of the sixth. Doug Carter started things with an RBI-double to left field that scored Farlow to make it a 2-0 game before the Raptors added two more on a Trinity error and fielder's choice. Frank Cerami capped off the inning's scoring with a two-run single as Rutgers-Camden opened up a 6-0 lead.
The Raptors blew the game open in the seventh, tacking on another five runs to take an 11-0 lead. Brandon Cornelius singled through the left side of the infield to bring home the first run of the inning before a bases-clearing double by Matt Stoots added to the lead. Farlow came through with an RBI-single before Trinity worked the third out of the inning.
In the eight, a Brett Kuchera RBI-double and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Wayne Jackson put the exclamation mark on the Raptors day offensively.
Trinity saved the shutout in the home half of the ninth as junior Carter Snyder (Winnetka, Ill.) ripped a bases-clearing triple to right-centerfield. That was followed by a double to left field from sophomore Tyler Buckley (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) that brought home Snyder before an RBI-triple from Rodriguez that scored Buckley. The Bantam rally fell short, however, as Rutgers-Camden limited the damage to the five runs to come away with the victory.