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Trinity Baseball Makes It Four Wins In A Row With Victory At Mitchell

Johnny Stamatis '19 walked twice and belted a solo homer
Johnny Stamatis '19 walked twice and belted a solo homer

New London, Conn. - Senior captain Christian Orsini (Livingston, N.J.) had four hits to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 9-4 victory over the Mitchell College Mariners in baseball action this afternoon at Alumni Field.  Trinity improves to 13-10 with its fourth consecutive victory, while the Mariners, ranked No. 6 in New England, drops to 19-5.  Trinity completes its New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division schedule with a three-game set against the Bates College Bobcats at home this weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. game on Friday, April 20.  The Mitchell College baseball team dropped a 9-4 decision to Trinity College on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference
action at Alumni Field.

Trinity fell behind by a run before roaring back with nine straight to take command.  Bantam sophomore LHP Colby Fortin (Bow, N.H.) was impressive in his first career start, surrendering one run on one hit while striking out five. Four Bantam pitchers combined to hold Mitchell to only three hits.  The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning but came away with only one run. After walking two batters and giving up a bunt single, Fortin limited the damage by getting a double play and a ground ball to end the frame.  Fortin quickly settled into a groove and didn't allow another hit over the next five frames. The three baserunners he allowed, none of whom advanced past second base, came via walks or hit batters. He improved to 1-0 on the season.  Trinity sophomore Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Trinity answered back with a pair of runs in the third inning, both of which scored when Koperniak doubled into the right-center gap. The Bantams then added a run in the fifth on a solo homer by junior 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) to expand the lead to 3-1.  A pair of Mitchell errors helped Trinity add to the margin in the sixth. Junior Carter Snyder (Lemont, Ill.) plated a run with a pinch-hit single to right field, and classmate Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.  A two-out grand slam by junior OF Geoffrey Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) broke the game open in the seventh, giving the Bantams a 9-1 lead. The homer was the first of his collegiate career.  Mitchell added its final runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Kyle Hartenstein (Meriden, Conn.) and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Paiva (Warwick, R.I.). Mitchell starter Bryton Ferris (Manchester, Conn.) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits over 5.0 innings and was tagged for his first loss of the season (5-1).