Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College scored five runs in the sixth inning and three Bantam pitchers tossed nine innings without allowing an earned run in a 5-3 victory over the visiting Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in baseball action this afternoon on Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium. Trinity wins its season opener and will host both Lasell at noon and No. 6-ranked Southern Maine at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Eastern Connecticut drops to 2-1 heading into a doubleheader at Purchase State tomorrow at 1 a.m.
Trailing, 2-0, Trinity scored all five of its runs in the fifth to chase Eastern Connecticut senior starter Josh Vincent (New London, Conn.). Senior Brett Stevenson (Southport, Conn.) doubled in a run and scored, juniors Vincent Capone (Ambler, Pa.) and Robbie Cronin (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) both singled in runs and scored, and first-year Patrick Dillon (Bronx, N.Y.) also had an RBI single in the inning for the Bantams. Cronin’s hit brought home Capone for the game-winning run.
Eastern Connecticut had opened the game with two runs in the first inning. The first Warrior run came across on a Trinity error, a walk, a hit batsman, and a double-play groundout, while senior Drew Alexopoulos (Hanson, Mass.) drove home the second with a two-out single. Vincent and the Trinity combination of sophomore starter Cameron Crowley (Downers Grove, Ill.) and junior reliever Justin Olson (Avon, Conn.) put up zeros for the next four innings, before Trinity’s five-run fifth. Bantam sophomore Jimmy Fahey (Danbury, Conn.) pitched the last three innings and allowed an unearned run with two strikeouts to save it for Olson.
Capone and Dillon each went 2-for-4 for the Trinity offense, while junior Jack Rich (Meriden, Conn.) and sophomore catcher Matt Malcolm (East Lyme, Conn.) had two hits apiece for Eastern Connecticut. Crowley went four innings with two strikeouts and Olson went two with a pair of K’s. Vincent dropped to 1-1, allowing six hits and five runs, three earned, with six strikeouts and one walk. Junior Bryan Albee (Killingly, Conn.) and freshman Nathan Furino (East Haven, Conn.) combined for three scoreless innings for the Warriors with one hit and one walk allowed and five K’s.