Four Bantams Earn Baseball All-NESCAC Honors

Four Bantams Earn Baseball All-NESCAC Honors

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College junior Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) has been named to the 2019 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball First Team while senior tri-captain Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.), junior tri-captain Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) and first-year Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) were each named to the Second Team. Trinity, led by Head Coach Bryan Adamski (6th season), finished the regular season with a 27-7 record, earning an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament where the Bantams will host a regional this weekend. 

Koperniak earns back-to-back First Team honors as an outfielder. He is the third-leading hitter in the NESCAC with a .380 average, collecting 52 hits this spring, including four home runs. He has scored 30 runs, and driven in 26 for the Bantams while boasting a .989 fielding percentage in 95 chances and is slugging .591, good for third in the NESCAC. Koperniak was also named to the D3Baseball.com All-New England Third Team last year as a sophomore. A graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and a biology major, he is the son of Diane and Chris Koperniak.

Stamatis caps off his outstanding Trinity career with Second Team honors for the second time after earning the accolade as a rookie in 2016. Stamatis leads the NESCAC and ranks 13th in the nation with 30 stolen bases (0.88 per game, 8th in nation). He is also second in the league with 40 runs scored, tied for seventh with 29 RBIs and is second in the NESCAC with 29 walks. A graduate of Ridgefield High School and an economics major, he is the son of Margaret and John Stamatis. 

Rodriguez earns All-NESCAC honors for the second time in his career after being named to the First Team during his Co-Rookie of the Year campaign as a first-year in 2017. Rodriguez is tied for fourth in the NESCAC with 31 RBIs and tied for seventh with ten doubles and is hitting .312 this spring. He has also scored 18 times and has thrown out nine would-be base stealers from behind the dish. A graduate of South Windsor High School and a sociology major, he is the son of Junior Rodriguez and Theresa Walker. 

Crowley has been a stellar on the bump this year for the Bantams to pick up his first All-NESCAC nod. Crowley went 8-0 in 51.1 innings pitched with a 2.29 ERA and has allowed just 13 earned runs all year while averaging 4.23 K/9. A graduate of Downers Grove South High School, he is the son of Karen and Michael Crowley.

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