HENNIKER, N.H. – The Thomas baseball team grabbed two more North Atlantic Conference (NAC) games over New England College on Monday afternoon, rallying to win 11-6 in game one and 4-3 in game two.
Thomas (8-13, 6-6 NAC) took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Anree Benitez opened with a double to left center field and would score two batters later as Nik Beeson singled him home from second. Joe Quinlan, who reached after being hit by a pitch following the Benitez double, would score on a single to left by Michael De Los Santos.
NEC (4-10, 1-4 NAC) battled back in the home half of the first, plating four runs highlighting with singles by Christopher Smith and Jordan Hubbard, a two run double by Francesco DiRe and a run scoring single by Zach Carrano.
The Pilgrims added to their lead in the second as Joe Paliotte would walk, followed by a single off the bat of Smith. Paliotte eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Conor Crouse and Smith came around on a single down the left field line by Vincent Backert to put the score at 6-2 in favor of NEC.
The Pilgrim lead lasted until Thomas struck for three runs in the fourth to close the deficit to one, and then exploded for a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of De Los Santos and two-run double to left center by Derek Kane.
Matt Rutherford relieved starter Kane in the third inning and held NEC scoreless over the final five innings, as he allowed just two hits to pick up the win on the mound.
Benitez led the Terriers on offense, going 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs batted in and two runs scored, while Michael De Los Santos was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and two runs scored.
Thomas got on the board in the first inning as Anree Benitez reached on an infield error and later scored on a fielder's choice.
The Pilgrims would take a 3-1 lead in the home half of the fifth inning as Stanley Petteway opened the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on a single to right by Christopher Smith. Smith then was plated on a Conor Crouse double to right center and Crouse came around to score off a single by Steve DeLuca.
Thomas came through to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning as the Terriers would string together four straight singles, highlighted by a two-run single to left field by Kyle Fletcher that scored Beau Ewton and Michael De Los Santos.
The Terriers scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the seventh, as Benitez reached with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Quinlan, and scored on a single to center by Nik Beeson.
Dominic Esposito would retired the side in the seventh to lock up the 4-3 victory.
Beeson finished with two hits and two runs driven in, while De Los Santos also recorded two hits for the Terriers.
Thomas will return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 15 for a doubleheader against the University of Maine at Farmington. First game is set for 3:00 PM.