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Baseball keeps it close against undefeated Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior Tim Kiely (Swampscott, Mass.) was dominant again, throwing a complete game nine-inning shutout to lead the Trinity College Bantams over the visiting Bates College Bobcats in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division game this afternoon. Trinity improves to a best-ever 17-0 mark overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC while Bates slips to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Kiely dropped his ERA to 0.52 and improves his record to 5-0 with the win.  In 34 2/3 innings pitched this season, Kiely has yet to walk a batter and has struck out 29, including five today. Kiely scattered seven hits, two to Bobcats senior Erik Hood (Berlin, N.H.), in the Bantams' sixth shutout this season.

Junior Ryan Piacentini (Portland, Maine) had a big day for the Bantams offensively going 2-3 with two doubles, two runs, a walk and an RBI.  Sophomore Matt Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) went 2-2 from the plate to go along with a double and an RBI, and Kent Graham (Longmeadow, Mass.) went 1-3 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base.  

Bates junior righthander Ben Shwartz (Mattapoisett, Mass.), matched zeros on the scoreboard with Kiely until the bottom of the sixth inning, when he ran into trouble. First-year Alex Rokicki (Truro, Mass.) walked to lead off the inning, senior Guy Gogglietino Jr. (Wallingford, Conn.) moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt, and two batters later, Piacentini came up with a game-breaking double to score Rokicki for the first lead of the game.  The Bantams put up three more in the inning to give Kiley some breathing room in the final three innings. 

Trinity, ranked No. 8 in the nation, will host two more against the Bobcats tomorrow at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Campus Field.

BOX SCORE: Trinity 6, Bates 0