AUBURNDALE, FL - The Thomas baseball team came away with a split from their doubleheader against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this afternoon, falling in game one 8-1 before the offense came alive in game two, as the Terriers won 11-3 for their first victory of the season.
GAME ONE RECAP
Despite getting the early lead, Thomas was unable to hold it and eventually went down to RPI 8-1 in game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the first, leadoff hitter Anree Benitez got things started for the Terriers by singling in his first at bat. Three batters later, Beau Ewton would knock him in on an single and Thomas took an early 1-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Kyle Fletcher got off to a fine beginning, holding the Engineers scoreless through the first four innings. RPI broke onto the scoreboard with a four-run fifth. Nick Palmiero got the inning going with an RBI double.
Sophomore Jason Ramos followed up with a run-scoring single, before Thomas Desmond delivered a third run with a base hit. Desmond eventually came around to score on a wild pitch, giving the Engineers a 4-1 lead after five.
Rensselaer tacked on four more runs in the sixth and the Terriers were not able to form a rally. Benitez and Ewton had two hits each for Thomas, and Fletcher went 4.2 innings and had two strikeouts in defeat.
GAME TWO RECAP
In game two, the Thomas bats caught fire by totaling 11 runs on 17 hits in an 11-3 victory over RPI, the first of the season for Thomas.
The Terriers once again got off to a fast start, as Michael De Los Santos came through with a two-out triple to drive in two runs and get Thomas off to 2-0 lead in the first.
Both teams went scoreless in the second and third innings until the Terriers put up four runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Anree Benitez came through with a two-run double, before Ewton lifted a sac fly to center.
Thomas erased any thought of a rally with a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Ewton to extend the Thomas lead to 11-1. RPI added a couple runs in the seventh before Thomas closed the door for the 11-3 win.
Ewton finished the game with two hits and four runs batted in, Benitez compiled three hits and two RBI's, while Christopher Esquivel, De Los Santos, Brett Sommers, Matt Romandetti and Ryder Kenney all had multi-hit games.
Peyton Kennison got the win on the mound, going four solid innings without allowing a hit and striking out three. Dominic Esposito went the final three innings and earned the save while striking out three.
Thomas hits the diamond again Thursday, March 26 when they take on Keuka College for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 PM.