Trinity Baseball Wins At Eastern Connecticut For 11th Consecutive Victory

Trinity Baseball Wins At Eastern Connecticut For 11th Consecutive Victory

Mansfield, Conn. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams made it 11 wins in a row with a 10-7 victory over the Eastern Connecticut State Universityy Warriors in baseball action this afternoon at Eastern Baseball Stadium.  Trinity improves to 14-2, while the Warriors fall to 10-10.  The Bantams will visit New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division rival Bates this weekend with a game at noon on Saturday and two games on Sunday beginning at the same time.  The Warriors host Clark tomorrow at 4 p.m.  Junior OF Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) was 2-for-5 with a double, three runs and an RBI for the Bantam offense.

Trailing, 1-0, after two innings, Trinity scored three times in the top of the third to take the lead for good.  Koperniak, freshman 3B Mike Guanci Jr. (Wakefield, Mass.), and sophomore 2B Vince Capone (Ambler, Pa.) each had RBI singles in the Bantam third.  The Bantam scored three more in the fifth frame on another RBI hit by Capone and a two-out, two-run double by junior tri-captain C Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.), and twice in the sixth on a Warrior error and a Guanci RBI single with two outs.  Eastern Connecticut got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Trinity error, a bases-loaded walk, and a sacrifice fly, while sophomore Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) delivered a pinch-hit double and scored in the top of the seventh to give the Bantams a 9-4 cushion. 

After Luke Broadhurst homered for the Warriors in the bottom of the seventh, Trinioty answered with a run in the ninth on pinch-hit sacrifice fly by sophomore Gianni Valentini (Cranston, R.I.).  The Warriors scored twice in their last turn at bat, but Trinity junior RHP Alex Herbst (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) entered the game and closed it out with a double play grounder and another ground ball.  Trinity first-year RHP Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) improved to 2-0 on the mound, completing five innings and allowing five hits and one run with four strikeouts and a walk, while Jared Buckley took the loss for Eastern Connecticut.