BANGOR, ME – Thomas College was able to split two games with Castleton State College in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball doubleheader on Saturday played at Husson University. Thomas walked off in extra innings in the first game 3-2, then fell 9-0 in the nightcap.
Anree Benitez led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a single, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joseph Quinlan. With one out Nik Beeson singled down the middle to score Benitez for the dramatic walk off win over Castleton 3-2.
Thomas began the game with one run in the first on a double by Beeson to score Benitez. Castleton tied the game in the fourth on a homerun by Macyn Clifford, but the Terriers responded with a run in the bottom half with a sacrifice fly by Jake Stilphen to plate in Derek Kane.
A two out double by Daniel Errico scored Jow Borowski to knot the game at two apiece, which would hold until the bottom of the twelfth.
In the top of the seventh the Spartans had the bases loaded, but relief pitcher Derek Kane was able to get out of the jam by striking out Soren Pelz-Walsh.
Beeson led the Terriers going 4-6 at the plate with two RBI.
CJ Pendleton pitched stellar in the start, tossing six innings, yielding two earned runs with three strikeouts in the no decision. Kane tossed five innings with four strikeouts, while Rett Adams recorded the victory with an inning of relief.
Castleton held Thomas to two hits, while scoring nine runs on seven hits in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Spartans tacked on two runs in the third to break the scoreless tie on a Borowski double. They added two more in the fourth, then pulled the game to 8-0 with four runs in the fifth. McNamee gave the away side another run in the sixth to give the Spartans a nine run cushion.
Thomas was never able to find an answer to Castleton starting pitcher Devin Hayes, who tossed a complete game two hitter.
Isiah Fleming suffered the loss for the Terriers, going four innings with three strikeouts. Rob Casarez threw two innings of relief, suffering one earned run, while Justin Roy tossed a hitless inning in mop-up duty, recording one strikeout.
Thomas and Castleton will be back at it again tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 10:00 AM.