Brunswick, Maine - The Trinity College baseball team dropped a 3-1 ballgame to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Friday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East action in Brunswick. The loss drops the Bantams to 12-10 overall and 3-4 in league play while the Polar Bears improve to 8-12 on the year and pick up their first win in conference action.
Bowdoin starting pitcher Brandon Lopez (Amesbury, Mass.) tossed a complete, nine inning game to pick up the victory on the bump. Lopez allowed just one run on four hits and struck out seven while also turning in a 3-for-4, two RBI performance at the dish. Trinity starter, sophomore Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) went 6.1 innings, striking out five and allowing seven hits. Mohl gave up all three Polar Bear runs, however none were earned as he was saddled with his first loss of the season.
Bowdoin broke through in the home half of the third inning when Lopez plated Ejazz Jiu (Brooklyn, N.Y.) on a single through the right-side of the infield that allowed Jiu to score from second.
After several quick at-bats from both sides, the Polar Bear offense came alive in the seventh to add to the 1-0 lead. Back-to-back errors by the Bantams put runners on first and second, giving Jiu a chance to drive in Bjorn Hansen (Excelsior, Minn.) from second with an RBI single to left center. Lopez immediately followed with a run producing single to right center to open up a 3-0 lead.
Trinity avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the eighth when junior Ryan Vultaggio (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit a one out double to left and came around to score when first-year Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) tagged a single to left. With only one out on the board and a runner on second, Lopez then forced a popup and strikeout to escape the inning and limit the damage to just one run. Lopez retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the 3-1 victory.
Both teams return to action tomorrow for games two and three of the series in the form of a doubleheader, beginning at noon.