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Trinity Baseball Sweeps Colby With Pair Of Comebacks

Trinity Baseball Sweeps Colby With Pair Of Comebacks

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantams came from behind twice to sweep the visiting Colby College Mules in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball doubleheader this afternoon on Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium.  Trinity trailed, 2-0, after five innings but scored four times in the sixth to win game one, 4-2, and rallied back from 3-0 down with five runs in the bottom of the fifth frame before holding off the Mules, 9-8, in the nightcap. Trinity senior tri-captain Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) stole three bases in the doubleheader to break the Trinity season and career records for stolen bases on the same day.

Trinity improves to 19-4 overall and 7-2 in the NESCAC East while extending its winning streak to five games including an 8-0 win over the Mules in the series opener yesterday.  Colby drops to 6-12 overall and 0-6 in the division, and has lost 12 in a row after a 6-0 start.  The Bantams host Nichols on Monday at 6 p.m. in their next game and the Mules entertain Husson on Monday at 5 p.m.

In the first game, Trinity scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after falling behind, 2-0, on a two-run homer to right field by Colby junior Will Phillips (East Media, Pa.) in the fifth frame.  Trinity junior Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) started the bottom of the sixth with a single, followed by a walk by Stamatis. 

The Bantams scored their first run on a sacrifice fly by first-year OF Brett Stevenson (Southport, Conn.) and Trinity took the lead when rookie 2B Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run that bounced over the diving Colby centerfielder and rolled to the wall.  Bantam senior CF Geoff Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) followed with a solo shot to left field to make it, 4-2.  Phillips singled in the top of the seventh inning for Colby, but Trinity sophomore reliever Justin Olson (Avon, Conn.) retired the next three batters to even his season record at 1-1.

Koperniak and Cronin each had two hits for Trinity, while Phillips and senior Mark Mitchell (Wayzata, Minn.) both had two hits for the Mules.  First-year Will Simeone (Milton, Mass.) started for Trinity and allowed two runs and four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4.1 innings.  Junior Alex Herbst (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) and Olson combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.  Junior Emery Dinsmore (Waldo, Maine) yielded seven hits and four runs with three walks and 6 K's, but dropped to 1-2.

The game was scoreless through four innings, but Colby jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth frame on an RBI double by Mitchell and a two-run homer by sophomore Chris Romano (Yarmouth, Maine).  Stamatis got the Bantams on the board with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth and senior SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) scored on a double steal, before sophomore C Eric Thronson (McLean, Va.) gave the Bantams the lead for good with a two-out, bases-loaded double that scored everyone.  All five runs in the bottom of the fifth were unearned.

Koperniak added an RBI single in the sixth inning to give Trinity a 6-3 lead, but Colby scored once in the top of the seventh.  Cronin delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to make the score, 8-4, and both teams added a run in the eighth frame.  In the ninth stanza, two walks and a wild pitch put Mules on second and third base with none out, and senior Keenan Iuliano (Waltham, Mass.) came through with a two-run single to cut the Bantam lead to 9-7.  Trinity first-year RHP Jimmy Fahey (Danbury, Conn.) entered the game and gave up a single and an RBI groundout but recorded his first save on a strikeout with the tying run on third base.

Trinity senior tri-captain LHP Erik Mohl (Milton, Mass.) pitched 10 3.1 innings of relief to improve to 4-0 with his second win of the series, while Colby reliever Brooks Parker (Weston, Mass.) faced three batters, gave up a walk and a hit, and took the loss to fall to 1-1.  Thronson finished 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Koperniak and Reinisch also had two hits for the Bantams.  Mitchell was 3-for-5, while Romano and sophomore C Ryan Hecht (Wauwatosa, Waisc.) also had two hits for the Mules.  Trinity stole seven bases and did not make an error.  Stamatis now has College records of 24 steals this spring and 43 for his career.