Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College baseball team exploded for 14 runs en route to a 14-3 victory in game one before dropping game two, 5-2, to the Mitchell College Mariners on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader at a rainy Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. Trinity moves to 6-6 on the season while Mitchell sits at 9-6 overall after today's results.
Trinity was led in game one offensively by junior co-captain Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.) and rookie Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) who each had three hits. Senior Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) and junior Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) tallied a pair of hits apiece as Mooney drove in four runs for the Bantams, a game-high. Sophomore southpaw Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) picked up his fourth win of the season for Trinity, remaining unbeaten on the year, after 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.
Both teams plated a run each in the second inning and Mitchell one more in the top of the third before Trinity put up a five-spot in the home half to open up a 5-2 advantage. The Mariners cut the deficit to two in the fourth when Markus Melendez (Storrs, Conn.) scored on a fielder's choice but the Bantams went on to score eight unanswered to pull away with the win. An RBI-single by DiBenedetto and a two-run double off the bat of first-year Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) highlighted Trinity's second five-run inning of the game in the fifth before DiBenedetto iced the game with a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth.
Mitchell pitcher Jakari Pellegrini (New Britain, Conn.) tossed a complete-game, four-hitter in game two to pick up his first victory of the season on the bump. Tristan Hurley (Mystic, Conn.) and Jack Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.) both scored in the second inning via bases-loaded walks to open up a 2-0 advantage for the Mariners before adding one more in the third on a fielder's choice by Melendez.
Rodriguez tripled in the fifth to score Mooney before coming around himself on a ground out by sophomore Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) but Pellegrini limited the damage to just the two runs. Mitchell added insurance runs in the sixth inning before Pellegrini tossed a pair of zeros in the final two innings to lead Mitchell to the victory.