Powerhouse Bantams complete sweep of baseball team
LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 12 nationally ranked Trinity College baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Bates College on Saturday, coasting to wins of 21-3 in Game 1 and 14-2 in Game 2.
The defending NCAA Division III champion Bantams moved to 9-0 in the NESCAC East Division and 18-3 overall, while Bates dropped to 3-6 in the NESCAC East and 7-13 overall.
In Game 1, Trinity supported starter James Ramsey (5-0) with 16 hits, including five home runs, two by Ryan Piacentini, who went 3-5 at the plate with four runs and three RBIs. Sean Killeen also homered in a 4-6 effort while driving in five runs. James Wood and Matt Sullivan both hit their first round-trippers of the season in the game. The Bantams led 6-1 before exploding with six runs in the fourth and seven more runs in the sixth to take a 19-1 lead.
Bates sophomore starter Paul Chiampa (Bryantville, Mass.) pitched into the fourth inning in accepting the loss, dropping him to 2-3 on the season. Sophomore Chris Burke (Andover, Mass.) went 2-for-3 for his second straight two-hit game as Bates totaled seven hits in the game to go with seven errors.
Piacentini and Killeen continued to torch Bates pitching in Game 2. Piacentini went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs, while Killeen hit his sixth homer of the season en route to a 2-4 performance with two runs and two RBIs. Kent Graham had three of Trinity's 18 hits with a pair of RBIs. Wood hit his second homer of the day, and Alex Rokicki and Robert Martin also homered in support of Andrew Janiga, who moved to 3-1 on the year with a seven-inning performance. Janiga scattered six hits and walked one Bobcat.
Bates sophomore starter Ryan Heide (Medfield, Mass.) dropped to 2-2 in a three-inning stint before giving way to senior Ben Shwartz (Mattapoisett, Mass.). Shwartz, sophomore Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine) and first-year Will Furbush (South Portland, Maine) all went two innings in relief, with Gallant pitching two shutout innings.
Sophomore Rich Velotta (Fairfield, Conn.) had two of Bates' six hits in the game, while Pat Murphy drove in both Bates runs with a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout.