Spectacular 15-Run Seventh Inning in Second Game Helps Baseball Earn Split at Trinity College

Recap courtesy of Trinity College

HARTFORD - The Tufts University baseball team scored 15 runs in the seventh inning of game two on their way to a 23-5 victory which earned a split of a NESCAC East Division double-header at Trinity College on Sunday afternoon. The host Bantams won the seven-inning first game 9-6 at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium.

Malcolm Nachmanoff had four rbis in the seventh inning of game two

The ninth-ranked Jumbos move to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the division having taken the first game of the three-game series, 10-5, yesterday. Trinity is now 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC East.

Tufts trailed 3-2 in the second game before the 15-run seventh inning, when they batted around three times and faced four Trinity pitchers. The Jumbos had nine hits and eight different players drive home runs in the seventh. Junior Malcolm Nachmanoff had four rbis in the inning, including a three-run triple. Senior tri-captain Harry Brown drove in three runs including two on a single. Senior Oscar Kutch and junior Nick Falkson also hit two-run singles in the inning.

For the game, Brown finished 4 for 7 with five rbis and two runs scored, while Falkson was 4 for 6 with three runs and three rbis for the Tufts offense. Kutch finished 3 for 6 with three rbis and three runs scored. Rory Ziomek allowed one earned run and four hits with five K's over four innings to earn the win on the mound in relief.

Sophomore John Stamatis and junior Christian Orsini had two hits each for the Trinity offense in game two. Orsini singled home a run in the fourth inning and added another hit in the sixth that helped senior 3B Nick DiBenedetto score a go-ahead run on a fielder's choice by senior Tyler Buckley before Tufts' offensive onslaught put the game out of reach. Rookie starter Alex Shafer was solid for six innings, but recorded the loss with nine hits and four runs allowed with seven strikeouts and no walks over 6.1 innings.

In the first game, Stamatis went 2 for 4 with a two-run double and a run while classmate Erik Mohl allowed just one hit over three innings of scoreless relief to lead Trinity.

Trailing, 6-2, entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Trinity took a 7-6 lead with five runs in the fourth and added insurance runs in each of the next two frames.  Orsini led off the fourth with a double and later scored on a Buckley single.  Buckley stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jumbo fielding error. Stamatis drove home two to tie the game at 6-6 before going on to score the game-winning run on a passed ball.

The Bantams, who had scored twice in the first inning on a triple by sophomore SS Ben Reinisch, an rbi single by freshman OF Matt Koperniak and a sacrifice fly by DiBenedetto added another in the fifth thanks to an rbi double by Buckley and an rbi groundout by junior 2B Cooper Mooney.

Tufts scored three runs in the second inning, twice in the third, and once more in the fourth frame to take its 6-2 lead.  Brown had a two-run double in the second, Casey Santos-Ocampo singled and scored in the second and hit an rbi single in the third. The sixth Jumbo run came around on a hit-by-pitch, a Bantam error and a sacrifice fly by Falkson.

Mohl entered the game for junior RHP Anthony Egeln, who allowed seven hits and five earned runs, to start the fifth and collected his fifth win of the year against no losses despite walking two and hitting two others with three strikeouts.

Reinisch, DiBenedetto and Buckley each had two hits in game one, while Buckley and Koperniak added two rbis apiece.  Brown and Santos-Ocampo had two hits each for Tufts and Brent Greeley took the loss in relief.

Tufts is scheduled to play its Huskins Field opener on Monday against Salem State University at 3 p.m. The Bantams next host Dean College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.