Lexington, S.C. - The Trinity College baseball team fell to Case Western Reserve University on Sunday morning, 18-6, at the Lexington County Stadium in South Carolina on the second day of the team's trip south. The loss is Trinity's first of the year, falling to 3-1 overall, while Case Western improves to 8-6 on the year. The Bantams pick it back up tomorrow at 4 p.m. for a matchup with Western New England.
Trinity jumped ahead with two runs in the top of the first thanks to a two-run single hit sharply to centerfield off the bat of junior LF Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) that scored RF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) and rookie SS Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.).
Case Western got the two back in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice that plated Noah Mehrle (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Samuel Neal (Smithfield, Va.), respectively. The Bantams responded with another two runs the following half inning, both unearned, on a double-steal that brought home senior 2B Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) and a sac fly off the bat of senior tri-captain 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.).
The Spartans scored once in home half of the third on an RBI-single by Benjamin Stawicki (Aurora, Ohio) before adding four more in the fourth to open a 7-4 lead. A pair of sacrifice flies from Rocco Maue (Moon Township, Pa.) and Tyler Wypiszenski (Lemont, Ill.) sandwiched a run-scoring double to left by Jake Ryan (Chatham, Ill.) before Stawicki added his second RBI-single in as many innings to cap off the fourth.
Ryan came up big with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to extend Case Western's lead to 10-4 before an RBI-single to right later in the inning by Tre Armstrong (New Castle, Del.) made it 11-4.
Trinity scratched one across in the top of the eighth on a Spartan fielding error but Case Western returned the favor with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a two-run home run by Nick Sellitto (Smithtown, N.Y.), to open up an 18-5 lead. Trinity plated one more run in the top of the ninth on a fielder's choice but that's as close as it would get as the Spartans secured the 18-6 win.
Scott Kutschke (Morton Grove, Ill.) earned the win for Case Western, allowing just one hit across four innings of relief while striking out seven. Trinity rookie Will Simeone (Milton, Mass.) struck out three in three innings and was saddled with the loss.