Hartford, Conn. – Junior outfielder Evan Abraham (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) hit a two-out RBI single to bring home Bryan Wolfe (La Habra Heights, Calif.) with the game-winning run in the top of the eighth as Trinity topped Colby, 5-4, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action. The Bantams won the third game of the series in conference play for the second straight weekend to improve to 7-12 overall and 2-4 in NESCAC East play, while the Mules dropped to 10-3 on the year and 2-1 in league tilts.
The weekend series was moved from Waterville, Maine to Hartford due to unplayable field conditions at Colby creating the unique situation of Trinity playing as the visiting team on its home diamond.
The Trinity offense picked up where it left off yesterday, plating three runs in the first inning. A trio of freshmen led the way offensively in the opening frame as Wolfe, catcher Chris Leach (Belle Meade, N.J.) and outfielder Ryan Reuther all smacked RBI singles. The final two hits, coming off the bats of Leach and Reuther, came with two outs. The Bantams added a run in third as designated hitter Richard Spencer (Madison, Conn.) hit an RBI groundout to third that brought Daniel Pidgeon (Darien, Conn.) charging home.
After being held without a hit through the first three and two-thirds innings by Trinity starter Ryan Carr (Cos Cob, Conn.), the Colby offense broke through as Jason Buco (Methuen, Mass.) reached on an infield single and Alec Finnigan (Milton, Mass.) followed with a run-scoring double down the right field line. In the fifth inning, the Mules plated two more runs to make it a one-run contest. An error to open the inning and timely hitting helped Colby rally as Andrew Della Volpe (Concord, Mass.) and Ryder Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) each had RBI singles in the frame. The Mules knotted the score at four in the seventh, chasing Carr from the game as Soren Hanson (Billerica, Mass.) delivered the game-tying single.
After Abraham's dramatics in the top of the eighth, Patrick Carbone (North Wales, Pa.) worked his way out of two-out bases loaded jam on the bump for the Bantams. Carbone, who came on in relief of Dylan Callahan (Greenwich, Conn.), got Arsenault to foul out to first base to end the threat. In the bottom of the ninth, Carbone worked around a leadoff double to register his second save of the season.
Carr got the win for the Bantams, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing four runs (2 earned) to go along with four strikeouts. Callahan and Carbone each went 1.1 innings surrendering a hit and striking out one. Greg Ladd (Danvers, Mass.) got the start for Colby, but did not get a decision as he went just three innings and allowed four earned runs. Dakota Rabbitt (Rehoboth, Mass.) was the tough-luck loser for the Mules. In six innings of work, he allowed one unearned run, while scattering three hits.
Trinity returns to action on Wednesday, Apr. 9, hosting Massachusetts College in non-conference action.