Thomas Rallies to Win First Game, Drops Second in Ten Innings to Castleton

Thomas Rallies to Win First Game, Drops Second in Ten Innings to Castleton

AUBURNDALE, FL - The Thomas baseball team played their second doubleheader against the Castleton State College Spartans this afternoon and again came away with split, taking game one 7-3 and falling 4-3 in 10 innings in game two.

GAME ONE

The Terriers used a five-run seventh inning to rally from behind to defeat the Spartans 7-3 in game one of their doubleheader. Christopher Esquivel led Thomas with three hits and three runs batted in.

In the top of the first the Terriers had the bases loaded with only one out, but could not plate any runners and the early threat was lost.

It wasn't until the top of the fourth when Thomas broke into the score column first, as Esquivel came through with a two-out RBI triple to left field, scoring Tristan Pena who had reached earlier on a fielder's choice. Anree Benitez followed up Esquivel with a double to center to score him and give the Terriers a 2-0 lead.

The Spartans wasted no time in responding, scoring two runs right back in the bottom of the inning, as Jimmy Buckley batted a run in on a fielder's choice, and another scored on a Terrier throwing error to even the game up at 2-2.

Castleton would take the lead in the fifth as Dan Errico singled to knock in a run for the 3-2 lead.

Down 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Thomas got the rally started as Anree Benitez reached on an infield single to leadoff the inning. Benitez then advanced all the way to third on back to back wild pitches. Derek Kane then walked to give the Terriers runners at first and third with nobody out.

Nik Beeson singled to center and plated Benitez to tie the game. After Beau Ewton fouled out to third for the first out, Michael De Los Santos singled to load the bases up. Alex Curtis would then send a hit to shortstop, who would make a throwing error and everybody advanced safely, scoring Kane from third to give the lead to Thomas.

The Spartans would make another throwing error that would plate another Terrier run to increase their lead to 5-3. Esquivel would put the exclamation point on the rally with a two RBI double down the left field line to make it a 7-3 game.

Starting pitcher Isiah Fleming retired the side in the bottom of the inning for the complete game victory. Fleming went all seven innings, giving up six hits, three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts.

Benitez, Kane, Beeson and Esquivel all had multi-hit games for the Terriers.

GAME TWO

Thomas got off to a quick start in game two, but were unable to hold on and eventually fell in 10 innings 4-3.

Benitez led off the game with a single to centerfield, and would score on a triple by Kane. Beeson then singled home Kane and the Terriers were off to a fast 2-0 lead.

Castleton would tie up the game in the bottom of the second, as Nick Swim singled home two runners to even the gme up 2-2. The Spartans took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Errico doubled home Swim.

The Terriers would get it back in the top of the fifth, as Benitez and Kane both singled with two outs. Beeson would single home Benitez home from second, but Kane would get thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Both teams would leave a combined eight runners on base over the next five innings, until the bottom of the tenth when the Spartans would walk-off with the win on a two-out RBI single by Taylor Vile off of Kyle Fletcher to take game two.

Rob Casarez started on the mound for Thomas and went four innings and gave up three runs but just one earned. Fletcher went the remaining five and two-thirds, giving up five hits and one earned run to take the loss.

Matt Ravey went all 10 innings for Castleton and gave up 12 hits, three runs with one strikeout.

Thomas and Castleton conclude their season series with a 2-2 split.

The Terriers finish up their spring trip at 4-8, and will return back to the diamond in Maine on Saturday, April 4 for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM.