Baseball Splits Results with Concordia
In the final double-header in their Spring Break trip in Florida, the Trolls faced Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Michigan). The team posted a 7-5 victory in the first game, but dropped the second one with an 11-4 final. The team ends their week with a 5-3 record and are 12-10 overall for the season.
The Trolls started off their first at bat with a double by Tyler Sroczynski and two batters later he was brought home on a single by Stefano Belmonte to put the team on the board. Concordia matched that run to make it 1-1 after the 1st.
Trinity fell behind in the 3rd inning when Concordia hit back-to-back home runs to go ahead 3-1. The Trolls were fairly quiet on the base path until the 6th inning when they exploded with five hits for six runs. With runners on base Austin Wood singled to bring in two runs and then Sroczynski sent one long to bring three runs in. By the end of the top half of the 6th Trinity had a 7-3 lead.
Concordia added one run in the bottom of the 6th and picked up one in the 7th inning to gain some ground, but the Trolls held them there for the 7-5 win.
The Trolls had 11 hits for the game with Sroczynski and Belmonte each registering two. Sroczynski had three RBI and Wood had two. Tyler LaFlamme was on the mound for 5.1 winnings for the win.
The bats were not as active in the second game of the double-header as the Trolls had only three hits. The Trolls scored in the bottom of the 1st inning and again in the 3rd inning, but by that time they trailed 6-2. Concordia continued to add runs to their total and by the end of the 4th were ahead 9-2.
The gap grew to 11-2 after the top of the 6th inning, but Trinity got those two runs back. They took advantage of a couple of errors to get on base and score one run and a double by TJ Spyrnal helped the team score another. Those runs brought the score to 11-4 where it remained after the 7th inning.
Trinity’s three hits for the game came from Sroczynski, Barnhart, and Spyrnal. Bryan Vanderlee pitched three innings and recorded the loss.
The Trolls return home and are schedule to play in a 1 pm home double-header with Bethel College on March 14.