22nd-Ranked Trinity Wins NESCAC Baseball Championship with Doubleheader Sweep Over Amherst


May 11, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - Senior first baseman Kurt Piantek (Wallingford, CT) went 5-for-8 with three home runs, six RBI's and four runs scored to lead 22nd-ranked Trinity College to a doubleheader sweep over host Amherst College in the championship round of the NESCAC Postseason Baseball Tournament. Trinity needed a pair of victories to emerge from the losers bracket, winning the opener 11-6 and the nightcap 5-3, securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Amherst's season ends at 21-12. 

Trinity (23-9) pounded out 18 hits to overcome six errors in game one. Amherst led 2-1 early on until Robert Dolliver (Norwich, CT) and Piantek tagged solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively - both off Amherst starter Joe Vladeck (Washington, DC) - to give the Bantams a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. 

Trinity tacked on two more runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Aaron Goldstein (Edina, MN) and a controversial bases-loaded balk called on Amherst's Rob Anderson (Winnetka, IL), who relieved Vladeck early in the inning. Trinity then added two runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a solo homer by Andrew Fries (Dublin, OH), his third of the tournament, another solo shot by Piantek, his 13th of the season, and a three-run blast by 5'9", 155-pound shortstop Billy Wise (Longmeadow, MA). 

Amherst fought back with two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings, sparked by an RBI single by Brandon Cody (Boston, MA) and a run-scoring triple by Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA), but the late rallies proved to be too little, too late. 

Trinity got a heroic pitching performance from rookie starter Matthew Krant (Portsmouth, NH), who, despite pitching only 9.1 career innings entering Sunday, surrendered just two run on five hits with two strikeouts, upping his record to 2-1. Kyle Cox (Hinsdale, IL), Greg Talpey (Westbrook, CT) and Craig Tredenick (Cornwall, Prince Edward Island) each threw an inning of relief. Piantek, Dolliver, Fries, Goldstein and Matt Engster (Glastonbury, CT) each registered three-hit games for the Bantams. Engster also made a sparkling defensive play, robbing Amherst shortstop Zach Schonberger (Rye, NY) of a three-run homer in the second inning. 

Cody, Whiting, John Schneider (Grand Rapids, MI) and Tom Sullivan (Tewksbury, MA) paced Amherst with two hits apiece. Vladeck suffered his first career loss to finish the season at 3-1. 

The second game was more of a pitchers' dual, with Amherst senior Jonah Ansell (Oak Park, IL) going the distance and scattering just six hits in the loss, while four Trinity pitchers, including Talpey, who drew the game-two start, limited the Jeffs to six hits. 

Trinity won the game with a two-run single by Piantek in the seventh inning. Piantek also drilled his 14th round tripper of the season and third of the day in the sixth, highlighting a four-RBI outing. Talpey gave up two runs in 5.0 innings before giving way to Kevin Tidmarsh (Meriden, CT), Mark Tremblay (Hooksett, NH) and Tredenick. Tidmarsh picked up the win to up his record to 9-0. Tredenick struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year. 

Amherst scored its three runs on sac flies by Whiting and Dave Powers (Andover, MA), and an eighth inning RBI single by Josh Santry (Allendale, NJ). Schonberger doubled, singled and scored a run in defeat. Ansell dropped to 2-4 with the loss. 

Cody paced the Jeffs with a .455 batting average, finishing 5-for-11 in four tournament games. Piantek batted .438 with three home runs, a double, six RBI's and six runs scored in five games. Fries drove in a combined 10 runs on eight hits, including a trio of homers. 

Game 1 Box Score / Play-by-Play 

Game 2 Box Score / Play-by-Play