Waterville, Maine - The Trinity College baseball team outscored the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 11-2, on Saturday in a doubleheader at Coombs Field in Waterville to complete a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series sweep. The Bantams, who won game one, 4-0, before taking the second game, 7-2, improve to 12-2 on the year and 3-0 in NESCAC East action. Bowdoin falls to 0-13-1 overall and 0-3 in the division. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in New England, return to the diamond on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at home versus Dean College.
Rookie Will Simeone (Milton, Mass.) threw a complete game shutout in game one to help lead the way for the Bantams, earning his second win this spring. Simeone struck out six while allowing just three hits with no walks.
Trinity jumped ahead in the top of the first with two runs on RBIs from first-year DH Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.) and junior tri-captain C Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.). After the first inning, Bowdoin starter Brandon Lopez (Amesbury, Mass.) kept the Bantams off the scoreboard until the fifth when Trinity added a run.
Senior tri-captain 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) brought home junior RF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) on a sacrifice fly to extend the visitors lead to 3-0. Simeone retired the side in order in both the bottom of the fifth and bottom of the sixth before rookie 3B Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.) added an insurance run in the seventh on a ground ball that scored classmate 2B Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.). Simeone once again sat down the Polar Bears in order in the bottom of the seventh to complete the shutout victory.
Trinity cruised in game two as sophomore Max Barsamian (Weston, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) each threw four innings, allowing just a run each. Koperniak, Stamatis and Capone all drove home a pair of runs with Stamatis and Capone recording three hits apiece. Stamatis drilled a solo home run in the seventh to put Trinity ahead, 7-1, before Bowdoin scratched a run across in the home half of the ninth on a double play to account for the 7-2 final.