Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College sophomore SS Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) was named to the 2018 D3Baseball.com All-New England Region Third Team and joined Bantam senior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) on the 2018 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball First Team while Trinity sophomore RHP Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) graced the All-NESCAC Second Team. The Bantams, coached by Bryan Adamski (5th season), finished the year with an 18-15 overall record and 7-5 mark in NESCAC East play to finish the regular season in a tie for second place in the division.
Mooney led the Bantams in runs (27), doubles (13, 3rd in NESCAC), getting hit by a pitch (6) and RBI (24), while batting .372 (4th in NESCAC), slugging .521 (8th in NESCAC), and posting a .432 on-base percentage. He finished with 45 hits (7th in NESCAC) in 121 at-bats and adding a triple, a home run, nine walks, and nine stolen bases (T10th in NESCAC) in 13 attempts in 32 games (all starts) as Trinity's second baseman. Mooney recorded 57 put-outs and 70 assists with just five errors for a .962 fielding percentage and turned 19 double plays. He was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week once this spring. Mooney finishes his fine career with career with 90 hits in 303 at-bats for a .297 batting average with 60 runs, 17 doubles, two homers, 60 RBI, 31 walks, and 26 steals in 32 tries in 97 games. He also went 1-2 on the mound in four appearances and 12.1 innings pitched as a rookie in 2014. An alum of Pomperaug High School, Mooney graduated from Trinity this month with a degree in political science. He is the son of Paul Mooney and Virginia Quinn-Mooney.
Koperniak led the Bantams in hits (47 in 121 at-bats, 6th in NESCAC), home runs (5, T3rd in NESCAC), total bases (75), slugging percentage (.620, T2nd in NESCAC), on-base percentage (.483, 6th in NESCAC), and batting average (.388, 2nd in NESCAC). He finished with 26 runs, nine doubles (T9th in NESCAC), two triples, 20 RBI, 20 walks, and nine stolen bases (T10th in NESCAC) in as many attempts while starting all 33 games. Koperniak recorded 48 put-outs and a team-high 98 assists with nine errors for a .940 fielding percentage and turned 14 double plays as Trinity's primary shortstop. He was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week once this spring, after homering in his final at-bat to hit for the cycle in a win at Colby. A graduate of Hoosac Valley High School, Koperniak is majoring in biology at Trinity. He is the son of Diane and Chris Koperniak.
Shafer tied for the league lead in wins this spring with a 5-3 record and also paced the Bantams in starts (9, T5th in NESCAC), complete games (2), and innings pitched (56.0, 6th in NESCAC), while posting a 2.57 ERA (7th in NESCAC) with 31 strikeouts and just nine walks. He was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week once this spring. A graduate of the Gilman School, Shafer is majoring in political science at Trinity.
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