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Baseball Comes Back From Early Deficit to Beat MIT

Johnny Stamatis '19
Johnny Stamatis '19

Hartford, Conn.- The Trinity College Baseball team scored eight runs across two innings to come  back from an early 4-1 deficit, ultimately winning 12-7 over the MIT Engineers on Monday evening at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. The win is Trinity's second in a row to begin the 2019 season after defeating No. 8-ranked Southern Maine on Saturday. The Bantams return to the diamond on Saturday in Lexington, South Carolina for the opener of the Bantam Southern Classic, a weeklong tournament in the Palmetto State. MIT falls to 1-2 on the year.

MIT scored in each of the game's first three innings, taking a 4-1 lead through three. Matt Johnston (Cooper City, Fla.) got things going with an RBI-single in the top of the first, driving home Jared Schwait (Boca Raton, Fla.) who led the game off with a single to left.

Trinity answered in the bottom of the first on a perfectly placed hit-and-run by junior LF Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) that scored senior 2B Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y) but the Engineers added another in the top of the second to retake the lead.

Schwait doubled home Cory O'Shea (Glen Allen, Va.) to make it a 2-1 run game after two before MIT scored twice more in the third frame. Johnston added another RBI-single before a deep double to the right-centerfield gap off the bat of Andrew Krause (St. Louis, Mo.) made it a 4-1 ballgame.

Trinity exploded for five runs in the home half of the third to take a 5-4 lead thanks to timely two-out hitting. Senior tri-captain 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) drove a two-run single back up the box to plate Lauder and Reinisch before junior tri-captain C Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) lined a base knock through the right side to bring home Stamatis who previously stole second. The scoring was capped off by an RBI-double down the left field line off the bat of senior DH Tyler Buckley (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) that scored Rodriguez.

The Bantams put up three more runs in the fourth to jump out to a 9-4 lead. Sacrifice flies from junior RF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) and Lauder made it 8-4 before an RBI-single by rookie 3B Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.) down the right field line pushed the Bantam lead to five.

MIT got one back in the next half thanks to a base hit by Zach Roberts (West Chester, Pa.) that brought home Thomas but Trinity once again responded the following half inning. Bantam first-year SS Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.) led off with a triple to the deepest part of the park in centerfield before Reinisch followed with a triple of his own to nearly the exact same spot.

Thomas Allison (Kingswood, Texas) launched a two-run triple to dead-center in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-7 but Trinity answered with another two runs which stood as the final. Rodriguez brought home Stamatis on a sac fly before Reinisch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to draw in Guanci Jr.

Sophomore Max Barsamian (Weston, Mass.) picked up the win, tossing 1.2 innings of relief while striking out three. Senior tri-captain Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) also came out of the pen and threw 2.2 innings, striking out four and allowing just a pair of hits. MIT starter Tommy Hannan (San Marino, Calif.) was knocked around for six runs on four hits in 2.2 innings, saddling him with the loss. Trinity had five players with two RBIs apiece while Capone, Reinisch and Stamatis each recorded three hits each. The Bantams stole 12 bases, the second-most in a single game in program history.