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Trinity (CT) 11, Tufts 5
Trinity 2, Tufts 1

At Hartford, CT
Sunday, April 5, 2009

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Sophomore SS David Leresche hit his second home run of the season in the first game

HARTFORD -- After pounding out 19 hits in an 11-5 win in the first game, the Trinity College Bantams used a six-hitter with four strikeouts by sophomore righty Andrew Janiga (Ellington, CT) and a walk-off homer by senior co-captain Sean Killeen (Greenfield, MA) in the ninth inning for a 2-1 triumph in the nightcap over the visiting Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East Division baseball action this afternoon.

Trinity, ranked No. 4 in New England and in the nation, improves to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in the division and takes a sweep of the three-game series this weekend. The Jumbos fall to 5-13 overall and 2-4 in the NESCAC East.

In the first game, Trinity took a 2-0 lead after one inning on a two-run blast over the center field fence by junior 1B Kent Graham (Longmeadow, MA). Tufts scored in the top of the fourth inning on three walks and a fielder's choice by junior CF Caleb Sims (Burlington, MA) to make it 2-1. However, Trinity erupted for three runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames to lead 11-1. Junior RF James Wood hit a two-run double in the fourth and senior 2B Ryan Piacentini scored twice and knocked in two runs during the three three-run innings for the Bantams.

The Jumbos touched Bantam starter James Ramsey (Belmont, MA) for four runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run double by senior 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) and a two-run home run by sophomore SS David Leresche (St. Louis, MO). Trinity's freshman lefty completed the five-hitter with seven K's for his fourth win of the year.

Trinity junior OF Jack Abbott (Longmeadow, MA) went 4 for 4 with a double, while Piacentini was 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI, and Graham finished 2 for 4 with three RBI. Leresche was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA) took the loss on the mound for the Jumbos.

In game two, Janiga outdueled Tufts senior Mike Stefaniak (Needham, MA), who also allowed six hits and fanned four in a complete-game effort. Janiga yielded just a single Jumbo run in the fourth inning on doubles by freshman 2B Sam Sager (Cranston, RI) and junior 1B Corey Pontes (Milton, MA). Trinity answered in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run over the left field fence by Piacentini. The Bantams put runners on second and third immediately following the homer, on a single by Killeen and a double by Graham, but Stefaniak pitched his way out of trouble with a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

Tufts had runners reach third with two outs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings, but could not get them in. Killeen led off the bottom of the ninth with his walk-off shot. He finished 2 for 4 in the game, while Sager and sophomore LF Chase Rose (Scottsdale, AZ) were both 2 for 4 for Tufts offensively in game two.

The Jumbos travel to local rival Brandeis for a single game on Tuesday (Apr. 7). Trinity is at Western Connecticut on Tuesday.