AUBURNDALE, FL - The Thomas baseball team lost a doubleheader against Kalamazoo College this morning and afternoon. The Terriers fell 2-0 in game one and 11-1 in game two as the opened their 2015 season in Auburndale.
GAME ONE RECAP
Despite only giving up two hits, the Terriers were unable to come away with a win, falling 2-0 against Kalamazoo College in game one of the doubleheader. Thomas managed just five hits offensively, and none were for extra-bases.
Starting pitcher Derek Kane went 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out three, but gave up two earned runs with four walks.
Kane ran into trouble in the second inning, as walked Joel Dayton with the bases-loaded to give the Hornets (6-3) the game's first run. Mitchell Vankoevering followed that up with an RBI single to left field to score Joey Aliotta from third to extend the Hornet lead to 2-0, which held until the final out.
Rob Casarez came in relief of Kane and went 1.2 innings allowing one hit, one walk while striking out one. Isiah Fleming finished the final two innings for Thomas and did not allow a hit while striking out three.
Ryan Orr got the win on the mound for Kalamazoo, going three innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Zach Popovich pitched the seventh inning and struck out two, earning the save.
GAME TWO RECAP
Thomas could not overcome a tough start to game two, as Kalamazoo had two five-run innings and scored all 11 of their runs in the first three innings as they went on to an 11-1 win over the Terriers.
Scott Devine got the scoring started in the first inning for the Hornets, singling home Vankoevering off Terriers starter Matt Rutherford.
The second inning was trouble for Rutherford, as the Hornets struck for five runs, as four different players collected RBI's, highlighted by Devine's two RBI double. Rutherford's day ended after 1.2 innings, allowing six runs with only one being earned.
Matt Romandetti replaced Rutherford and ended the second inning with out more damage.
Kalamazoo struck for five more runs in the third inning, as the Terriers would go through three more pitchers before the games end.
Thomas got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, when Beau Ewton hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Benitez on the tag-up.
Benitez led the Terriers with two hits and one run scored. Fletcher, Ewton, Kane and Aron Smestad all had one hit each, with Ewton batting in one run.
Devine batted in four runs to power the Hornet bats, with Vankoevering and Jack Clark each collecting two RBI's each. Adam McDowell got the win on the mound, going four innings and striking out four.
Thomas will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in a doubleheader starting at 2:00 PM.