Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore 1B John Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with a run and a two-run double and classmate Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) allowed just one hit over three innings of scoreless relief to lead Trinity College Bantams to a 9-6 victory and a doubleheader split against the visiting Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action this afternoon at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium. Trinity, which dropped the second game, 23-5, is now 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC East, while the No. 9-ranked Jumbos move to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the division having taken the first game of the three-game series, 10-5, yesterday.
Trailing, 6-2, entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Trinity took a 7-6 lead with five runs in the bottom the fourth and added insurance runs in each of the next two frames. Junior Christian Orsini (Livingston, N.J.) led off with a double and later scored on a single by senior Tyler Buckley (Mount Kisco, N.Y.). Buckley stole second, reached third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Jumbo fielding error, and Stamatis drove home two to tie the game at 6-6 before going on to score the game-winning run on a passed ball. The Bantams, which had scored twice in the first inning on a triple by sophomore SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.), an RBI single by freshman OF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.), and a sacrifice fly by senior 3B Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.), added another in the fifth thanks to an RBI double by Buckley and an RBI groundout by junior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.).
Tufts scored three runs in the second inning, twice in the third, and once more in the fourth frame to take its 6-2 lead. Harry Brown (Beverly, Mass.) had a two-run double in the second, Casey Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla.) singled and scored in the second and hit an RBI single in the third, and the sixth Jumbo run came around on a hit-by-pitch, a Bantam error, and a sacrifice fly by Nick Falkson (Dedham, Mass.). Mohl entered the game for junior RHP Anthony Egeln Jr. (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), who allowed seven hits and five earned runs, to start the fifth and collected his fifth win of the year against no losses despite walking two and hitting two others with three strikeouts. Reinisch, DiBenedetto, and Buckley each had two hits, while Buckley and Koperniak added two RBI apiece. Brown and Santos-Ocampo had two hits each for Tufts and Brent Greeley (West Chester, Pa.) took the loss in relief.
The Jumbos opened up a 3-2 game with a 15-run, seventh inning, batting around three times and facing four Trinity pitchers in the inning. Brown finished 4-for-7 with two runs, five RBI, and a double, and Falkson was 4-for-6 with three runs and three RBI for the Tufts offense. Stamatis and Orsini had two hits each for the Trinity offense. Orsini singled home a run in the fourth inning and added another hit in the sixth that helped DiBenedetto score a go-ahead run on a fielder's choice by Buckley before Tufts' offensive onslaught put the game out of reach. Rory Ziomek (Amherst, Mass.) allowed one earned run and four hits with 5 K's over four innings to earn the win on the mound in relief. Rookie starter Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) was solid for six innings, but records the loss with nine hits and four runs allowed with 7 strikeouts and no walks over 6.1 innings.