Middlebury Takes Second Game To Earn Split At Trinity

Kevin Woodring belted a home run in Saturday's victory at Trinity.
Kevin Woodring belted a home run in Saturday's victory at Trinity.

The Middlebury baseball team fell 9-3 in the opening game of a doubleheader at Trinity, but bounced back to gain the split with a 9-2 triumph in the nightcap on Saturday. The Panthers (14-13) return to the diamond tomorrow, traveling to Skidmore for a noon doubleheader.

In the opening game, the Panthers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third inning. Brooks Carroll touched home plate when Jason Lock walked with the bases loaded.

Trinity (17-14) tied the game in the fourth, but Middlebury got the run back in the fifth for a 2-1 edge. Carroll blasted his second home run of the season, putting the visitors back on top.

The Bantams came back with five runs in the latter half of the inning and added three more in the sixth for a 9-2 lead. Cooper Mooney factored in on the scoring in both innings, providing a run-scoring single in the fifth and an RBI double in the sixth.

Middlebury added one more run in the seventh, as Carroll scored for the third time. He led off the inning with a double and raced home on a fielder's choice by Andrew Hennings.

Carroll had a solid offensive game for the Panthers, going 2-2 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and a run knocked in. Lock went 1-3 with a run batted in. For the Bantams, Mooney, Johnny Stamatis and Ben Reinisch each posted two hits, while Mooney drove in three.

On the mound, Colin Waters (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) over five innings with three strike outs. Erik Mohl (7-2) picked up the victory for Trinity, throwing 4.2 innings and giving up two runs on four hits.

In the second game, the Panthers scored in their initial at bat as Justin Han belted his third homer of the season.

Middlebury doubled the lead in the third when Han ripped a one-out triple and scored on a base hit by Lock.  

Trinity got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, when Stamatis recorded a three-base hit and scored on a ground out by Tyler Forgione.

The Panthers added some insurance in the top of the sixth, exploding for seven runs. Han was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run of the frame, while Lock followed with a sacrifice fly to center field. Sam Graf plated the next two runs with a triple and Johnny Read scored Graf with a triple of his own. Kevin Woodring capped the big inning with a two-run home run for a 9-1 cushion.

The Bantams closed out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with a run, as Ryan Vultaggio hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Robert Erickson (2-2) pitched five solid innings to earn the win for the Panthers, allowing a run on five hits. Dylan Takamori yielded one run in two innings of relief.

Han was a perfect 3-3 at the plate for Middlebury, including a triple and a home run, with three runs scored and three RBI. Graf finished with two hits and two RBI, while Lock drove in a pair of runs for a team-leading 30.

For Trinity, Matt Koperniak finished 2-3, while pitcher Alex Herbst (2-1) took the loss in relief, giving up two runs in 2.2 innings of work.