Winter Haven, Fla. -The Trinity College baseball team dropped a 9-3 game against the Rutgers-Camden Raptors on Thursday afternoon in sunny Winter Haven, Florida. Trinity falls to 3-4 overall while Rutgers-Camden improves to 6-2 overall.
Senior P Jed Robinson (Winchester, Mass.) took the bump for the Bantams today looking to rebound from a loss against William Paterson earlier in the week. His counterpart for the Raptors was junior Zach Welsher (Audubon, N.J.) who went five and two-thirds inning, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out five.
After two innings of scoreless baseball, Rutgers-Camden broke the tie in the top of the third after the Raptors leadoff hitter reached on a Trinity error, followed by a double to deep right field by Jon Theckson (Gloucester, N.J.) to put runners on second and third with no outs. Joe Brooks (Blackwood, N.J.) drove in the first run on a ground ball to first base before a sacrifice fly to right by Brett Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) brought home Theckson to put Rutgers-Camden up 2-0.
The Raptors pushed across a third run in the top of the fourth after a single, followed by a stolen base by Frank Cerami (Lumberton, N.J.), brought Billy Jackson (Estell Manor, N.J.) to the plate who singled up the middle to score Cerami. Trinity senior 3B Dan Pidgeon (Darien, Conn.) led off the home half of the fourth with a double to deep right center before he was brought home two batters later by sophomore 1B Carter Snyder (Lemont, Ill.) on a double down the right field line. Carter was stranded at second to end the inning but not before Trinity cut the deficit to two.
Rutgers-Camden added to its lead with an RBI single by Corey Kreamer (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the top of the fifth. Trinity junior SS Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) led off the home half with a walk before advancing to third on a failed pick-off attempt. Freshman CF Geoffrey Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) beat out an infield single to first base that scored DiBenedetto to make it a 4-2 ballgame going into the sixth inning.
Rutgers-Camden pulled away in the sixth inning as they scored three runs on an RBI single from Theckson and a single from Joe Sigismondi (Blackwood, N.J.) that brought home two runs and also ended Robinson's day for the Bantams.
The Raptors added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI triple from Jackson to make it 9-2 in favor of the visitors. Trinity plated two runs in the home half of the ninth on an RBI triple from freshman Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) and an RBI single from senior Nick Pezzella (Worcester, Mass.), however it was not enough as Trinity lost, 9-4.
The Bantams return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Hope College. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.