Trinity Baseball Drops Series Opener At Bates

Trinity Baseball Drops Series Opener At Bates

Lewiston, Maine - Junior Connor Russell (Cumberland, Maine) tossed 7.2 innings of two-hit ball and the Bates College baseball team knocked off the Trinity College Bantams by a score of 4-1 this afternoon at Leahey Field. Trinity drops to 13-13 overall and 3-7 in the NESCAC and is officially eliminated from contentionfor the league tournament.  Bates improves to 12-6 overall and 7-0 in the league, while clinching a spot in the four-team NESCAC tournament for the third time in the past four years.  The teams play a doubleheader tomorrow to complete the series.

Bates gave Russell the early lead with an unearned run in the first off Trinity sophomore starter Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.), who falls to 6-2. Mohl got a strikeout and a groundout to limit the damage to just one run, but the Bobcats added two more runs in the third and another run in the fourth.  Russell retired the first eight batters he faced before Trinity sophomore SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) singled with two outs in the third.  

The Bantams scored their lone run of the game in the top of the fifth. Junior Christian Orsini (Livingston, N.J.) singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a Bates error. A groundout moved him to third and classmate Ryan Vultaggio (Vero Beach, Fla.) drove him home with a sacrifice fly.  Neither team scored again after the top of the fifth.  Bates junior Jake Shapiro (Sandy, Utah) entered the game with one on and two outs in the top of the eighth and recorded a strikeout to end the frame. Shapiro proceeded to work a scoreless ninth inning, earning his second save of the season.