Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College offense posted a nine-run fifth inning to highlight a 13-11 comeback win over the visiting Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East baseball action this afternoon. Trinity improves to 12-8 overall and 2-0 in the league with their fifth win in six games, and Colby drops to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Colby scored in each of the opening four frames, including a five-run third, to build a 9-3 lead heading into the top of the fifth. The Bantam bats awoke in the bottom half of the inning, starting with a leadoff single by senior OF Alex Almeida (Bridgeport, Conn.). Consecutive Bantams were hit by a pitch, setting up consecutive bases loaded walks by senior co-captain Joe Papa (Stoneham, Mass.) and senior Evan Sternberg (Glen Ridge, N.J.), bringing the score to 9-5. Hot-hitting sophomore Scott Huley (Greenwich, Conn.), delivered a game-changing hit – a triple to deep right field – clearing the bases, and putting the Bantams within a run. A walk and a stolen base was followed by a two-RBI pinch hit single by senior Bryan Ginsberg (Westwood, Mass.), giving the Bantams a 10-9 lead. Trinity tacked on two more runs in the inning, on a two-run error and an RBI-double by senior co-captain Steve Rogers (Watertown, Mass.).
Junior Dave O'Brien (Fairfield, Conn.), who came in for relief in the third inning, followed the Trinity fifth with two scoreless innings on the hill, making him the pitcher of record for Trinity. Colby did not go down quietly. Sophomore Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) led off the eighth with a walk and worked his way around to score, before rookie Tyler Starks (Milton, Mass.) singled home another run, cutting the Trinity lead to 13-11. The Mules led off the ninth with a single before junior Peter Burrows (Floral Park, N.Y.) entered the game in relief and retired the final three batters to earn the save for the Bantams.
Papa had another big day at the plate, blasting a towering two-run homerun in the first inning, a leadoff ground rule double in the second, which led to a run, and two walks in the Trinity fifth. Papa finished with three runs and three RBI offensively, while recording ten putouts with the glove at first base. Rogers and Ginsberg collected two this apiece for Trinity. Colby racked up 15 hits, led by junior Alec Finigan (Milton, Mass.) and Starks, who picked up three this apiece, and Corey who singled and homered for the Mules.
Trinity and Colby will resume their weekend long three-game series with a doubleheader tomorrow slated for noon.