Hartford, Conn. - Bantam sophomore 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) drove home a pair of runs and rookie P Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) tossed seven innings of scoreless ball to lead the Trinity College baseball team to a doubleheader split of the Colby College Mules on Saturday afternoon at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. The Bantams win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series against the Mules and improve to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play while Colby falls to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in conference action.
Colby starting pitcher Emery Dinsmore (Waldo, Maine) went 5.2 innings in game one, striking out five batters while allowing just one run en route to his second victory of the season. Mule SS Tyler Mulberry (Middletown, Conn.) led Colby's offense with a 2-for-3 game with a pair of runs and a run driven in. Stamatis was the lone Bantam in game one to tally a pair of hits while junior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) drove home the lone Trinity run.
Mulberry scored in the top of the second on a ground out off the bat of Jackson Ward (Wilton, Conn.) to take an early 1-0. Both Dinsmore and Trinity starting pitcher Anthony Egeln Jr. (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) threw zeros until the sixth inning when the Mules added two runs to open up a 3-0 lead. Egeln finished with one strikeout and just two earned runs on five hits.
Colby scored in the sixth on a Mulberry RBI double, followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Andrew Sterup (Billings, Mont.) to open up a 3-0 lead. Mooney singled in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Stamatis, but Colby shut the door seventh to avoid the sweep and earn the victory.
Shafer tossed a gem in game two for the Bantams. The Maryland native went 7.2 innings, allowing just a pair of hits while striking out seven, a career-high.
Neither team crossed the plate until the fifth inning when Trinity threw up a nine-spot to open the game up. Junior Carter Snyder (Lemont, Ill.) and first-year Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) both connected on RBI-doubles to highlight the inning.
Snyder and junior Tyler Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) both ripped run-scoring singles in the eighth to cap off the game and lift the Bantams to the victory in game two.