Trinity's Rodriguez Named NESCAC Baseball Co-Rookie of the Year, Three Bantams Make All-League

Trinity's Rodriguez Named NESCAC Baseball Co-Rookie of the Year, Three Bantams Make All-League

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College first-year Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) has been named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball Co-Rookie of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Rodriguez also lands on the All-NESCAC First Team while senior utility-man Nick DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, Fla.) and sophomore pitcher Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) represent the Bantams on the All-NESCAC Second Team. Trinity, led by Head Coach Bryan Adamski (4th season), wrapped up the spring with a 22-14 overall record and a 5-7 mark in league play. 

Rodriguez is the third Bantam to garner the NESCAC Rookie of the Year honor, joining Sean Meekins (2012) and Kent Graham (2007). Rodriguez batted .342 (39-for-114) and slugged .465 while scoring 21 runs and registering eight doubles, three triples, and 23 RBI. He committed just two errors in 182 total chances behind the dish while throwing out eight would-be base stealers in 33 games. A graduate of South Windsor High School, he is the son of Rafael Rodriguez Jr. and Teresa Walker.

DiBenedetto led the team with a .354 batting average and .472 on-base percentage (3rd in NESCAC) while driving in 30 runs and scoring 34 runs. He clubbed a team-best nine doubles and added 13 stolen bases while drawing 16 walks. In his fine career, DiBenedetto batted .328 (89-for-271) with 57 runs, 20 doubles, one triple, one home run, 51 RBI, 31 walks and 48 stolen bases in 100 games while playing all over the diamond.  An English major and graduate of the Canterbury School, he is the son of Linda and Thomas DiBenedetto. 

Mohl led Trinity's pitching staff with a 7-2 record, the second-most wins in the conference, and had a 2.55 ERA which ranked third best in the NESCAC. He struck out 36 batters while yielding 18 walks in 53 innings of work and added one complete game in 16 appearances and six starts. A graduate of Milton Academy, he is the son of Josephine Cappuccio and Bruce Mohl.

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