Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams eked out a pair of wins, 9-8, and, 1-0, in a baseball doubleheader against the visiting Hamilton College Continentals this afternoon at Murren Family Field in DiBenedetto Stadium. Trinity improves to 23-5 and has won four games in a row entering a road contest at Western New England on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Hamilton drops to 13-14 and will host St. Lawrence on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Trinity jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, but Hamilton tied it at 6-6 and forced an extra frame in the opener, which was a scheduled seven-inning game. The Continentals took an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth, but Trinity rallied to score three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and leave Hamilton on the field. Six pitchers combined to allow just three hits and a single unearned run in the second game, which was switched to seven innings after the opener went into extra innings. Trinity scored the lone run of the game on an overthrow in the fourth inning.
After the Continentals had taken an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth in game one on a two-run double by sophomore Matt Cappelletti (Fayatteville, N.Y.), Trinity senior CF Geoff Stillman (Scituate, Mass.) led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. The next two batters grounded into fielder’s choices, but senior SS Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) singled with two outs to start the rally. Bantam junior C Alex Rodriguez (Windsor, Conn.) singled home the first run, and senior Tyler Buckley (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) loaded the bases with an infield hit. Trinity junior OF Brett Stevenson (Southport, Conn.) came through with a two-run single to left-center that scored the tying and winning runs.
The Bantams scored two runs in the first on an RBI double by Rodriguez and a run-scoring single by first-year 3B Mike Guanci (Wakefield, Mass. In the second inning, junior Mack Lauder (Chappaqua, N.Y.) led off with a home run, senior tri-captain 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) blasted a two-run homer, and Guanci drove home another run with a single for a 6-0 Trinity lead. Hamilton scored its first run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by freshman Adam Wijaya (Pennington, N.J.) and added three in the fifth on a bases-loaded double by senior C Craig Sandford (Millstone, N.J.) to cut the Trinity lead to 6-4.
Hamilton scored again in the sixth inning and tied the game on an RBI single by Sandford in the seventh stanza. The Bantams loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score. In the top of the eighth frame, Cappelletti doubled down the left field line to drive in two, but Trinity rookie reliever John Spaller (Washington, D.C.) got out of the inning with a double play on a liner up the middle into his own glove. Spaller earned his first career win, while senior RHP Ian Nish (Cutchogue, N.Y.) took the loss in relief for the Continentals.
Trinity rookie RHP Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) was stellar on the bump in game two, improving to 5-0 with 5.1 innings of work and one hit allowed, four walks, and a strikeout. Junior reliever Justin Olson (Avon, Conn.) pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning, and first-year lefty Will Simeone (Milton, Mass.) pitched a perfect seventh for his second save. Junior starter Kenny Gray (Montgomery, N.Y.) did not allow a hit and fanned three in three innings, while freshman Jamie Hauswirth (Boxborough, Mass.) took the loss in relief despite giving up just a hit and a walk in two innings. Hauswirth walked Stamatis to start the fourth inning, and Stamatis stole second base. Lauder flew to center field, and Stamatis tagged up and headed to third before scoring on a bad throw from center field.