Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College baseball team picked up a 10-8 non-conference victory over the Dean College Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium in Hartford. Trinity, playing as the "away" team after the game was moved from Dean's home field to Trinity's due to bad weather, improves to 7-8 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 6-13-1. The Bantams return to action on Friday for the first of a three-game New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series with Bowdoin College.
After an RBI-single off the bat of senior 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) in the first, Trinity exploded for five runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead. Sophomore C Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.) started things in the second with an RBI-double to left field that scored senior CF Brendan Pierce (Hingham, Mass.). Rodriguez later scored on a single through the right side by junior 3B Ben Reinisch (Troy, N.Y.) before fellow junior Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.) blasted a three-run home run to straightaway centerfield to put the Bantams ahead, 6-0.
Dean cut into the lead in the third inning on a Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) RBI-single before Dakari Cox (Needham, Mass.) plated a pair of runs on a single to right field to make it a 6-3 ballgame. The Bulldogs scored four more in the fourth inning to jump out to a 7-6 lead, taking advantage of a Trinity error coupled with a pair of passed balls. Cox capped off the inning's scoring with an RBI-single to center, scoring Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) for Dean's seventh run of the game.
The Bantams answered with a pair of runs in the fifth thanks to another double down the left field line by Rodriguez that brought home Mooney and sophomore SS Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) to give the hosts an 8-7 lead.
Koperniak scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior DH Tyler Forgione (North Branford, Conn.) in the sixth before coming around again in the eighth on a Bulldog error to open up a 10-7 lead for Trinity.
Dean made things interesting in the eighth inning, loading the bases with just one out, but was only able to scratch across one run to cut the deficit to 10-8. Despite the late momentum, Trinity senior southpaw McLane Hill (Marlborough, Conn.) came on and shut the door, picking up his league-leading sixth save of the season.