AUBURNDALE, FL – Thomas College baseball was unable to pick up their first win of the season, falling to North Central (Ill.), 16-1, and Kalamazoo, 6-3 in their second day in Florida for their spring trip on Wednesday.
Thomas started off well, as Isiah Fleming tossed a hitless first three innings, while getting support from the offense in the bottom of the third. Derek Kane got the Terriers on the board first with a double that drove in Joe Quinlan from second.
North Central responded in the top of the fourth however, tacking on nine runs on seven hits. The Cardinals added to their lead in the fifth with two runs, another in the sixth, and four in the seventh.
Fleming suffered the loss, tossing 3.2 innings, while Dylan Mcnally tossed three innings of relief with three strikeouts.
Nik Beeson was the lone Terrier hitter with multi-hits, going 2-4 at the plate.
In the first inning Thomas jumped out of the gate with early 1-0 lead as Beeson drove in Anree Benitez with a double. The Terriers added to their lead in the second with a single by Nate Peasley that brought home Ethan Henderson.
Kalamazoo evened the score at two apiece in the bottom of the second with a single by Garwood that brought in Kobernick, then Jackoviak scored on a passed ball.
The Hornets took the lead for good in the third, as they scored two runs to take a 4-2 advantage. They added one more in the fifth on a defensive lapse by Thomas to go up 5-2.
The Red and Black did not go out without a fight however, as they cut the deficit in the top of the seventh with an RBI single by Tim Locke that brough in Benitez from third.
Taylor Bacon suffered the loss on the bump, tossing five innings, yielding four earned runs while striking out four.
Despite the loss, Thomas combined for a season-high 11 hits, with Locke going 3-3, and RBI, and a base on balls.
Thomas will be back in action tomorrow as they take on Wisconsin-Oshkosh at noontime.