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Four Bantams Earn Baseball All-NESCAC Honors

Four Bantams Earn Baseball All-NESCAC Honors

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College junior Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) was named to the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball All-Conference First Team, while Bantam 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 All-NESCAC Second Team. The Bantams, coached by Bryan Adamski (6th season), finished the 2019 season with a 30-9 overall record and finished third in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division with an 8-4 division mark.  Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the 10th time and reached the regional finals with three wins in five games in the regional.

Koperniak, who repeats on the All-NESCAC First Team, makes the squad as an outfielder this spring after earning his nod in the infield in 2018.  Koperniak led the Bantams in hitting with a .394 batting average (3rd in NESCAC), along with team-highs in hits with 63 (1st in NESCAC), at-bats with 160, doubles with 13 (T2nd in NESCAC), triples with three (tied), home runs with six (T3rd in NESCAC), total bases with 100, and a NESCAC-best slugging percentage of .625.  He added 36 runs (9th in NESCAC), 31 RBIs (T6th in NESCAC) 23 walks, a .476 on-base percentage (5th in NESCAC) and 22 steals (T4th in NESCAC) in 25 tries while starting all 39 games in right field where he made just one error in 115 chances and threw out four baserunners.  Also a All-New England Third Team honoree in 2018, Koperniak is a graduate of Hoosac Valley High School.  He is a biology major at Trinity and is the son of Diane and Chris Koperniak.

Stamatis, an All-NESCAC Second Team selection as a rookie in 2016, batted .289 (39-for-135) with team-highs of 45 runs (2nd in NESCAC), three triples (T6th in NESCAC), and 30 walks (2nd in NESCAC), nine doubles, three homers, 32 RBI (5th in NESCAC), a .467 slugging percentage and a .426 on-base percentage in 39 games as Trinity's first baseman. He set new Trinity records this season with a NESCAC-best 31 stolen bases (12th in nation) this spring and 50 swipes in his career.  He was an All-NESCAC Second Team selection in 2016, has earned NESCAC All-Academic accolades in all three years of his eligibility, represented Trinity baseball on the 2019 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, and was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Baseball Team this spring.  An alum of Ridgefield High School, Stamatis graduated from Trinity this May with a degree in economics. He is the son of Margaret and John Stamatis.

Rodriguez, an All-NESCAC Second Team selection and the NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year in 2017, led the Bantams in RBIs with a 33 (4th in NESCAC), to go with 20 runs, 38 hits in 129 at-bats, 11 doubles (T5th in NESCAC), two homers, and a .426 slugging percentagein 35 games and 33 starts as the team's starter behind the dish for the third year in a row.  Rodriguez helped the Trinity hurlers record a team ERA of 3.88 while committing just two errors and four passed balls in 166 chances and throwing out 10 of 34 potential basestealers this spring.  A graduate of South Windsor High School, Rodriguez is majoring in sociology at Trinity.  He is the son of Junior Rodriguez and Theresa Walker. 

Crowley emerged as dominant pitcher in his first collegiate season, leading the NESCAC in wins with eight (tied) and innings pitched with 63.1 (4th in NESCAC).  He was 8-2 overall in 13 appearances and eight starts, allowing just 45 hits in his 63-plus innings with a complete game, a 28 strikeouts, 29 walks, and a 2.42 ERA (3rd in NESCAC).  A graduate of Downers Grove South High School, he is the son of Karen and Michael Crowley.

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