Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College sophomore Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up his first base knock of the game, leading the Bantams to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Framingham State Rams on Tuesday evening at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. Shafer picked up his team-best fifth win of the season as Trinity improves to 16-14 on the year. The Rams fall to 17-17 overall with the loss.
Shafer went the first six innings of the game, facing one more batter than the minimum after a Framingham State baserunner reached in the fourth on an error. The Maryland native worked his way into the sixth before giving up a base hit up the middle to Ram leadoff hitter Aaron Williams. Shafer went 7.1 innings, allowing the lone hit, while striking out three and giving up zero walks. Framingham State starter Kyle Coolidge was tagged with the loss after giving up the only two runs of the ballgame in the early innings.
Trinity gave Shafer some run support right out of the gates as sophomore SS Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) roped a two-out, solo home run over the right field fence and onto Broad Street to give the hosts an early, 1-0 lead.
The lead was all Trinity needed as Shafer cruised and the Bantam bullpen took care of business to finish the shutout. Shafer worked quick all night and only ran into any semblance of trouble in the fourth after Kyle Lippert, who reached on an error, stole second to put a runner in scoring position with one out. Shafer, however, retired the following two batters to keep the game 1-0 in favor of Trinity.
The Bantams added an insurance run in the home half of the fifth inning when senior CF Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.), who led the inning off with a triple to deep centerfield, came home to score on the following at bat thanks to a ground ball off the bat of junior 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.).
Sophomore Andrew DeRoche (North Reading, Mass.) came on in relief of Shafer in the seventh and handled business, giving up zero hits and striking out two in 1.2 innings of work. Senior southpaw McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) picked up his seventh save of the year, striking out the side in order in the top of the ninth to seal the two-run victory.