Hartford, Conn. – A run in the bottom of the seventh was all it took for the Trinity College baseball team to defeat the visiting Roger Williams Hawks, 1-0, on Wednesday evening at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. The shutout is Trinity's second straight, coming on the heels of another 1-0 win against Bates over the weekend, to improve to 16-13 overall. Roger Williams falls to 11-24 with the setback.
Trinity starting pitcher Alex Herbst (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) looked sharp in his three inning of work. The freshman allowed just a pair of hits and struck out three of the 11 batters he faced before giving way to classmate Dan Marini (Nahant, Mass.) who picked up his second win of the season. Roger Williams starter Justin Garcia (Foxborough, Mass.) also showed strong on the bump, holding the Bantams to zero runs through the first five innings while striking out four and just allowing a single hit. Garcia was saddled with the loss despite allowing the lone run on just two Bantam hits while recording seven strikeouts.
Trinity had a good chance to break the scoreless game in the fifth inning when junior Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) drew a one-out walk before swiping second for his 12th steal of the season. Despite the runner in scoring position, Garcia stranded Mooney on second after inducing a fly-out and recording his fifth strikeout of the evening to keep the Bantams off the board. Roger Williams sophomore Tyler Brett (Hebron, Conn.) got on in the top of the sixth after being hit by a pitch and followed by stealing second base, but Marini kept the Hawks from scoring.
The Bantams finally broke through in the home half of the seventh to grab a 1-0 lead. Junior co-captain Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.) got things going with a walk before advancing to third on a double by first-year Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.). Senior Jake Bennett (Norwell, Mass.) followed with a well-hit sacrifice fly to deep centerfield that plated Pierce before Garcia retired the side to limit the damage to the one run.
Roger Williams loaded the bases in the top of the eighth inning for their best scoring chance of the game, but junior southpaw McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) shut the door with a strikeout for the third out of the inning. Hill retired the side in the top of the ninth to preserve the shutout and pick up his first save of the season.
Trinity returns to action on Friday when it travels to Brandeis for a 3:30 p.m. game.