Norton, Mass. - Senior CF Geoff Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) came up with a two out, two-run double in the ninth, coupled with an RBI-single off the bat of junior RF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.), to propel the Trinity College Baseball team to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Wheaton College Lyons on Thursday afternoon. The win is Trinity's sixth in a row as the Bantams improve to 9-2 on the year. Wheaton falls to 11-4 overall.
The Bantams, ranked No. 5 in New England, open up New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East play on Friday versus Bowdoin in a series being played at Colby College.
Trinity found itself trailing, 3-2, heading into the top of the ninth before coming back to take the lead. Down to their last out, junior C Eric Thronson (McLean, Va.) came to the dish and singled to put the tying run on first. Senior Tyler Buckley (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) pinch ran for Thronson and proceeded to steal second before sophomore 2B Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) walked to put two on with two out. Up came Stillman who came through with a double to centerfield that scored Buckley and Cronin to give the visitors the lead. Koperniak added an RBI-single up the middle that plated Stillman and proved to be the game-winning run.
The Bantams were the first to draw blood, scoring a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Thronson that scored junior tri-captain DH Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.). The Lyons responded with two in the home half thanks to a two-run home run from George Mulcahey (Brooklyn, N.Y.) that gave Wheaton a 2-1 lead.
The Lyons added another run in the sixth on an RBI-single but the Bantams answered with a run in the following half inning on a fielder's choice that allowed rookie Kevin Bomba (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) to cross the plate to keep it a one run game, setting up Trinity's rally in the ninth.
First-year Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) turned in his second quality start in as many outings, going five innings and striking out a pair while allowing just three hits. Junior Alex Herbst (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) picked up his first win of the year thanks to a scoreless frame in the eighth before giving way to senior tri-captain Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) who closed it out in the ninth to earn his second save of the spring.