Springfield, Mass. - March 24, 2009 - The Springfield College baseball battled in a non-conference matchup with the defending Division III National Champion Trinity College Bantams, but fell 9-8 in four-plus hour baseball game on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Pride fall to 3-8 on the year, while Trinity improves to 8-2.
Trinity and Springfield played a close game last season as well, but the Bantams were able to outlast the Pride in extra innings. This season, the Pride gave Trinity, currently ranked fourth in the country, all it could handle through nine innings of play.
Springfield opened up the game in impressive fashion as Drew Michael took the first pitch he saw this season at Berry-Allen Field and blasted it to left field for a solo home run. Springfield continued to pour on the pressure as Travis Turgeon's sac fly with the bases loaded brought home Jamie Mackie to make it a 2-0 game. The next batter, John Procopio, then lined a single into left to plate Zach Carhart to give the home squad a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.
The Bantams responded with single runs in each of the next three innings to knot the game at three. Trinity used RBI doubles from Stephan Bernstorf in the second and Kent Graham in the third, and an RBI single by Ryan Piacentini in the fourth, to tie the contest.
Trinity used three runs in the seventh, including two off the bat of Joe Markovich's two-run homer, to grab a 6-3 lead. However, the Pride battled back, plating five runs in the bottom half of the seventh to take a 8-6 lead on the Bantams. With two outs, the Pride put together an impressive stretch of hitting as Mike Corletta, Joe Kropa, and Carhart all produced RBI singles to give Springfield a two-run cushion.
In the eighth, with two runners aboard, Graham once again pulled through for the Bantams, hammering a three-run homer to left field to give them the go-ahead three runs. Edward Donovan came into the game in the eighth and held the Pride at bay, and Jeremiah Bayer closed out the game throwing a perfect ninth to give the Bantams the come-from-behind victory.
Steve Forbes was solid for the Pride as he earned the no-decision on the mound, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing three runs off six hits, while striking out four. Adam DeFelice took the loss after allowing three runs in 0.1 innings on the mound. Corletta finished with two hits in the game for the Pride, while Michael scored two runs.
Graham finished 3-4 with four RBI in the win for the Bantams, while Markovich tacked on two RBI and two runs scored.
Springfield looks to get back on the winning track as it hosts Keene State on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm