Baseball Wins One, Loses Two Against Tufts Jumbos

IAN MCDONALD ’20 SPORTS EDITOR

The Bantam Baseball team had a busy weekend, playing three games all against conference opponent Tufts University. Finishing the weekend series at 1-2, the Bantams move to an overall record of 8-8.
In the first game, Tufts started out strong, putting up three runs in the second inning alone. Fielding errors and wild pitches led to Tufts putting up two and three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, giving Tufts an 3-8 lead going into the sixth inning. Unfortunately for the Bantams, the Tufts pitcher got into a groove and only let up one run over the next three innings. That run was a homerun by Nick DiBenedetto ’17, who was 3 for 4 in the game, and was the first homerun in Trinity’s new stadium. The Jumbos would tack on two more in the top of the ninth leading to a 5-10 loss for the Bantams.
On Sunday, the Bantams had a double header with the Jumbos. Unlike Saturday, the Bantams jumped on Tufts early, scoring two in the first inning. Tufts would counter back scoring three the next inning and 2 the inning after that, to hold a three-run lead heading into the fourth. The Bantams exploded in the fourth inning scoring five runs. Christian Orsini ’18 led off the inning with a double and was moved to third on a ground ball. Tyler Buckley ’19 would them knock him in with an RBI single. After stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch, Buckley scored on an error by the Tufts shortstop. The next batter Johnny Stamatis ’18 hit a double, scoring two more runs for the Bantams, who ended the inning with a 7-6 lead. Trinity would not look back, scoring two more runs over the final two innings. The game ended 9-6 in Trinity’s favor, who dealt Tufts their second loss of the young season.
The second game in the double header did not go as smoothly as Trinity would have liked. Trinity and Tufts went back and forth with Trinity leading 3-2 heading into the seventh inning. Tufts wielded their offensive power by having nine hits and scoring fifteen runs in the inning. They ran through four Trinity pitchers that inning that walked and hit a combined six batters, all of which scored. Adding insult to injury, Tufts scored five more runs in the ninth inning leading to a 5-23 victory for the Jumbos.

The Bantams are back in action this week, hosting Dean College on Wednesday, and Colby for three games over the weekend.

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