Lexington, S.C. – The Trinity College Bantams jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back, picking up a 8-3 win over the William Peace University Pacers on Tuesday night at the Lexington County Stadium on the fourth day of the team's trip to South Carolina as part of the Bantam Southern Classic. Trinity improves to 4-2 on the year while the Pacers fall to 5-14. The Bantams return to the diamond for a twinbill on Wednesday, versus Western New England and Oswego, in the team's final action in South Carolina before heading to Virginia for a Friday matchup at Washington & Lee University.
First-year Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) turned in an impressive pitching performance in his first collegiate start on the bump for the Bantams. Crowley went eight full innings, allowing just a pair of runs on five hits while striking out five to earn his first career win.
The Bantams put up three runs in the opening frame and added two more in the top of the third to jump out to a 5-0 lead through the game's first three innings. Senior SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) and senior tri-captain 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored on a two-run error in the first before rookie 3B Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.) drove home junior LF Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) on a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 game. Trinity added the pair in the third on an RBI-single through the left side off the bat of junior tri-captain DH Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) and another Pacer miscue.
Trinity threatened to break things open in the fourth, loading the bases with just one out but Pacer hurler Mitchell Baddour (Wilmington, N.C.) induced a pair of quick outs to leave the bases loaded and keep the deficit at 5-0.
The Pacers picked up a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth on a pair of RBI-singles. Jonathan Rhew (Durham, N.C.) got William Peace on the board with a base knock to right before Easton Payton (Mount Holly, N.C.) lined a base hit up the middle that brought home Nick Tilley (Eden, N.C.).
The Bantams got one back in the top of the seventh when Guanci laced a single up the middle to score Lauder for the second time on the night. Lauder led the inning off with a walk before stealing second and later advancing to third on a wild pitch.
Stamatis and Lauder added two more insurance runs for Trinity in the top of the eighth on RBI-singles to make it an 8-2 lead which proved to be plenty of a cushion. The Pacers scored an unearned run in their last at bats on a single to left from Nick Montrose (Apex, N.C.) but that capped the day's scoring as Trinity came away with the five-run win.