Bantams Hang On To Top Baseball, 10-8

Bantams Hang On To Top Baseball, 10-8

THE BASICS
Score:
Trinity College 10, Dean College 8
Records: Trinity College (7-8), Dean College (6-13-1)
Location: DiBenedetto Stadium, Hartford, Conn.
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM

THE LEAD:
In a game that saw 14 pitchers climb the mound, Dean College erased an early 6-0 deficit only to fall to host Trinity College, 10-8, in non-league baseball action on Wednesday evening.

Both Dakari Cox (Needham, Mass.) and Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) each had two hits for the Bulldogs, but it was the Bantams' Johnny Stamatis who had three hits, including a double and a homerun that stole the show at the plate.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
After an RBI single off the bat of Cooper Mooney in the first, Trinity exploded for five runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead, highlighted by Stamatis' three-run home run to straightaway centerfield.

Dean cut into the lead in the third inning on a Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) RBI single before Cox 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 a two-run double by Alex Rodriguez that gave the hosts an 8-7 lead.

Matt Koperniak scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tyler Forgione 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 when Chajet raced home on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 10-8. Despite the late momentum, Trinity southpaw McLane Hill came on and shut the door, picking up his sixth save of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
In addition to his two hits, Cox drove in three runs, while Chajet and Kulcher each scored a pair of runs.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are scheduled to be in action on Friday when they play host to Fitchburg State at 3:00 p.m.