WATERVILLE, ME - Thomas College baseball was unable to pick up a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory, dropping two games to New England College on Friday afternoon at Ryan Field. The Pilgrims took the first game 7-3, then won the nightcap 5-4 in extra-innings.
Tim Locke got the Terriers started in the bottom of the first with a double to deep center scoring Nik Beeson. After the first inning New England College's Eric Johnson settled into his own, keeping Thomas scoreless until the fourth inning.
New England College added five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. An error plated in the first Pilgrim run in Steve DeLuca, then four consecutive RBI singles by Francesco DiRe, Kevin Caputo, Stanley Petteway, and Christopher Smith would give the away side a three run cushion.
Thomas showed sign of life however adding two runs in the fourth. The Pilgrims added two runs in the fifth on consecutive walks to add to their advantage.
Johnson held Thomas scoreless for the remaining two innings to earn the complete game win, giving up three runs with four strikeouts.
For the Terriers, James McLamb suffered the loss, tossing 3.1 innings, giving up three earned runs with two base on balls. Taylor Bacon tossed three innings of one hit ball with one strikeout in the losing effort.
The Pilgrims took a two to nothing lead after two innings on a couple of defensive miscues by Thomas. NEC doubled their lead to four in the top of the fourth, as the visitors knocked in two runs on a Jordan Hubbard double.
Thomas responded in the bottom half of the fourth with a Jake Stilphen single to score Kameron Nelson. The Terriers tied the ballgame in the next inning with a Nik Beeson single, then a two RBI single by Derek Kane.
Both teams were held scoreless until the ninth inning when NEC took advantage of another Thomas defensive miscue and scored on an error. Johnson came in for the ninth inning and silenced the Thomas offense in route to recording the save.
Brandon Quirk recorded the victory for the Pilgrims going eight innings with one earned run to his name and four strikeouts.
Thomas and New England College will be back at it again tomorrow on Ryan field for the second doubleheader in as many days. First pitch scheduled for noontime.