Trinity Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader At Bates

Trinity Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader At Bates

Lewiston, Maine - Senior co-captain LHP Chris Speer (Westport, Conn.) tossed a two-hit shutout in game two to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 6/1-2/0 doubleheader sweep against the Bates College Bobcats in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball doubleheader this afetrnoon.  Trinity improves to 15-13 overall and ends its NESCAC East slate at 5-7, while the Bobcats are now 12-8 overall and 7-2 in the division.

Trinity first-year Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) struck out nine batters over the course of 6.2 innings in the first game.  The Bantams scored early against junior Connor Speed who tossed four innings and struck out five batters on the afternoon.  In the top of the first, Nick DiBenedetto singled with two outs. He stole second and swiped third as well when senior co-captain OF Brendan Pierce drew a walk, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Carter Snyder ripped a single into right, scoring DiBenedetto and advancing Pierce to third. Then with Alex Rodriguez at the plate, Snyder purposefully got into a rundown and Pierce scored before Bates tagged Snyder out to end the inning.

Already down 2-0, Speed allowed three runs in the second inning, only one of which was earned. Rodriguez singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cooper Mooney reached on an infield single, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Jake Bennett singled in Rodriguez, extending the Bantam lead to 3-0. Speed retired the next two batters, but a Bobcat error on a groundball off the bat of Matt Koperniak allowed two more runs to score.  The Bantams added to their lead in the seventh thanks to Ben Reinisch double and a Koperniak RBI single. Bates finally broke through with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.  With one out, first-year Leo Watson drew a pinch-hit walk and junior Asher MacDonald doubled him home.  Trinity brought in McLane Hill to finish off the inning. Hill retired the first batter he faced but Ryan McCarthy delivered an RBI single for Bates to cut the Bantam lead to 6-2.  First-year Kyle Carter drew a walk and both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, but Hill got a ground out to end the game.  The Bantams outhit Bates 9-6 in game one, with Mooney leading the way, going 2-3 with a run scored at the plate. 

Speer made his first start of the year worth the wait for the Bantams, totaling five strikeouts and just one walk. In the top of the fourth, Pierce went deep for his NESCAC-leading fourth home run of the season. The Bobcats recorded their first hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Trulli single through the left side. He advanced to second with two away but MacDonald struck out to end the inning.  Bates senior Anthony Telesca retired 15 batters in a row down the stretch until Rodriguez reached on an error in the ninth.  McCarthy reached on an error to start the bottom of the ninth, but a double play and a strikeout quickly ended the game.  The 1-0 defeat marks the first time this year the Bobcats have been shutout.