Waterville, Maine—The Thomas College baseball team recorded two conference wins 5-4 and 11-2, against the Spartans of Castleton State College, Saturday afternoon, on the campus of Thomas College. The Terrier's pitching was the story of the day as senior Chris Farrar picked up the win in the first game throwing a complete game, giving up four hits, three earned runs, and striking out six. Sophomore pitcher James McLamb got the win in the second game also throwing a complete game, giving up three hits, one earned run, and striking out one. Nate Swahn was the Spartans top performer on the afternoon with one hit and one RBI.
With the wins, the Terriers improve to 24-13 (19-5 NEAC East Division) on the year while the Spartans fall to 26-12 (21-3 NEAC East Division) on the season.
In the first game of the double header, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Thomas grabbed the quick 1-0 lead off of senior Ben Goodall's sacrifice fly to center field scoring Wes Perreault. The Spartans were able to bounce back and respond quickly in the top of the fourth when Tyler Hoare reached on an error scoring Ryan Zielinski, followed by an RBI single from Swahn scoring the go-ahead run and giving the Spartans the 2-1 lead. The game remained 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Thomas broke the game open with four runs, all coming with two outs. Rob Nutter, Daniel Ierardi and Taylor Livingston all had RBI's for the Terriers in the inning giving them the 5-2 lead going into the seventh. Castleton managed to come within one run in the top of the seventh, but senior pitcher Farrar got Zielinski to ground out too short to end the game and give the Terriers the 5-4 victory.
Farrar got the win for the Terriers while Derek Osborne shouldered the loss for the Spartans.
In the second game, Thomas got off to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with RBIs from Goodall, Nutter, Josh Gray, and Thomas Cameron. The Spartans cut the Terrier's lead in half in the top of the second, but Thomas got those two runs back in the bottom of that inning when Goodall singled to centerfield scoring Jeffrey Richardson and Perreault, giving Thomas the 6-2 lead. Thomas added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by Goodall's grand slam and running his RBI total on the afternoon to eight. The Terriers would go on to win 11-2.
McLamb got the win for the Terriers in the second game while Ben Schoeneberger shouldered the loss for the Spartans.
The Terriers next game will be Tuesday afternoon when they host cross town rival Colby College at 2:30 p.m.
Story Written By: Jacob Jandreau