May 4, 2008

TO THE POWER OF THREE:

Tiny Trinity College trying for a perfect NCAA baseball season (AP, 5/02/08)

Tiny Trinity College is streaking again, this time in baseball.

The Division III school, whose football team won 31 in a row before losing a game in 2006 and whose men's squash team hasn't dropped a match in more than a decade, is 32-0 this season in baseball.

The Bantams have a chance to end the regular season undefeated when they play a doubleheader at Wesleyan on Saturday.

"Going into the season, we knew we had a real good team," said senior pitcher Michael Regan, who is 7-0 with an ERA of 1.37. "Me and my roommates would joke around saying, 'Whoa, we could run the table here.' But we didn't really think we could do it."

If they can, they will make history.

No college baseball team has gone undefeated to win an NCAA title. The Division III record for wins to start a season is 33 by Johns Hopkins in 2004. Trinity could eclipse that with a sweep on Saturday.


Trinity (34-0) Has Perfect Regular Season (TOM YANTZ, May 4, 2008, Hartford Courant)
When Trinity turned a double play at 6:26 p.m. Saturday to complete a sweep of Wesleyan, it entered the NCAA Division III record book.

The 14-1 and 11-1 victories at Andrus Field completed the Bantams' 34-0 regular season and broke the previous record for victories to start a season, 33 by Johns Hopkins in 2004.

"It's unbelievable," Trinity coach Bill Decker said. "With the number of games, breaks here and there, it just doesn't happen in this sport."

It happened for the Bantams on a dank day with a chilly breeze blowing in from right field and temperatures in the 40s.


Ah, New England baseball.... Dartmouth and Columbia were supposed to play for the Ivy crown yesterday but it poured all day. On the other hand, Girls 3rd/4th grade softball got their first game in....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2008 8:23 AM
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