Hartford, Conn. - Senior 3B Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with a double and five RBIs while and rookie RF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) added four RBIs, a triple and three runs scored as the Trinity College baseball team thumped the Keene State Owls, 16-2, on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The win moves the Bantams to 7-6 overall while Keene State falls to 7-8 on the year. The Bantams return to action this weekend for a three-game, New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series against rival Tufts University at home. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Sophomore pitcher Richie Cardillo (Boston, Mass.) picked up the victory on the hill for Trinity, tossing two innings of one-hit, scoreless ball in relief, while Owl starter Alan Schiff (East Hartford, Conn.) was saddled with the loss.
Keene State scored its lone pair of runs in the top of the second inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. A Devin Springfield (Jaffrey, N.H.) sacrifice fly plated Connor Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) before Zach Rollins (Stafford Springs, Conn.) crushed a triple to bring home Tom Meucci (Newington, Conn.). The Bantams answered with a six-spot in the home half of the third, highlighted by a two-run single by DiBenedetto an run-scoring singles from Koperniak and sophomore 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.).
DiBenedetto doubled in the fourth inning which plated Stamatis and Koperniak to open up a 9-2 advantage before Trinity added another three runs in the fifth to take a 12-2 lead.
Koperniak clubbed a two-run triple in the seventh followed by RBI singles from junior Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.) and DiBenedetto to cap off the Bantam scoring on the afternoon. Pierce came on in the ninth to pitch, retiring the side while recording a strikeout.