Despite outhitting the Seahawks, 9-7, the Trinity College baseball team could not overcome a game in which it committed six errors defensively, as the Bantams fell to Salve Regina, 7-2, on Friday afternoon baseball action in the Sunshine State. The loss drops Trinity to 3-4 overall while Salve improves to 7-2 on the year. The Bantams return to action tomorrow for their Florida trip finale, a 9:15 a.m. matchup against Illinois Wesleyan.
Freshman C Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) and senior 1B Jake Bennett (Norwell, Mass.) both tallied a pair of hits each for Trinity as both of Rodriguez's came in the form of doubles. Salve Regina was led offensively by Christian Vargas and Zack Smith who both drove home two runs, highlighted by a two-run bomb by Smith. Trinity starting pitcher McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) went six innings, striking out four and allowing just three earned runs on six hits, while Seahawk starter Jimmy Fitzgerald struck out seven in five innings of shutout baseball.
Salve started things with a two-run single in the top of the second, off the bat of Vargas to take an early 2-0 lead. Brody Santilini made it a 3-0 game before the inning was over thanks to a sacrifice fly to right field which brought home Hunter Sleeper.
Santilini and Sleeper both scored again, this time in the top of the fourth, on a pair of Trinity throwing errors to open up a 5-0 Seahawk lead. Smith's two-run homer in the top of the seventh made it a 7-0 game and capped off Salve's scoring for the afternoon.
Trinity ended the shutout in home half of the seventh when Rodriguez crossed the plate on a fielder's choice by junior Matt Toth (New Canaan, Conn.) before adding a second run in the bottom of the ninth on Bennett's RBI-single. That's as close as they would get as Seahawk pitcher Frank Lemieux limited the ninth-inning damage to a single run to seal the victory.