Medford, Mass. - Sophomore RHP Alex Shafer (Baltimore, Md.) allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings and classmate Alex Rodriguez hit a bases-loaded triple to key a five-run sixth inning, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams stole a 5-2 win from the Tufts University Jumbos in the first game of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball doubleheader this afternoon at Huskins Field. The Bantams, which lost the second game, 4-2, are now 6-8 and 2-1 in the NESCAC East and Tufts moves to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the division. Trinity had won the series opener yesterday, 6-5. Tufts sophomore Spencer Langdon earned his first collegiate victory with six solid innings in the nightcap.
The Jumbos took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning of the first game when sophomore CF Justin Mills hit a two-run single to right. The Bantams sent 10 men to the plate while scoring five times in the sixth to take the lead. Senior CF Brendan Pierce's run-scoring single preceded Rodriguez's bases-clearing triple to left center. Other than those two frames, neither team scored. Tufts sophomore Brent Greeley started and went five innings allowing three hits and no runs. Senior Ian Kinney took the loss for Tufts. Shafer improved to 2-2. The Jumbos brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Bantam senior McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) came on and got a strikeout for his second save in as many days and fifth of the year. Mills went 2 for 4 for Tufts and senior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with a run for Trinity.
Langdon allowed three hits and an unearned run in game two for the victory. Freshman Owen Copps followed with three innings giving up one hit and one run to earn his first career save. Sophomore SS Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) played the leading role in both Trinity runs. He led off the sixth with a single and scored on a Jumbo error. He then led off the eighth with a double to right-center and came home on a sac fly by Mooney. He finished 2-for-3 with the two runs. Bantam freshman starter (Avon, Conn.) Justin Olson took the loss, while senior Dan Marini (Nahant, Mass.) pitched three innings of one-hit, no-run relief with seven K's. Junior LF Casey Santos-Ocampo singled home freshman SS Ryan Daues, who had been hit by a pitch, with Tufts' first run in the second. The Jumbos extended their lead to 4-0 when senior 2B Christian Zazzali hit a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Junior 1B John Moschella and Santos-Ocampo recorded two hits for Tufts in game two, while Daues scored twice.