WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas baseball team came up short against cross-town rival Colby College, falling 4-2 this afternoon at Coombs Field. The Terriers played as the home team despite the game being held at Colby.
The Mules (14-6) scored a lone run in the top of the first as Tommy Forese had a one-out walk and advanced to second on an error. He later moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Soren Hanson's RBI groundout.
Thomas (8-14) scored a run to tie the game in the fourth inning. Nik Beeson got on base with a one-out walk and would advance all the way to third on two wild pitches by starter Matt Garcia. Derek Kane then singled up the middle to drive home Beeson.
Colby went back ahead in the sixth inning when Hanson doubled to left center to start off the inning and would come around to score on a Tim Corey double to right center.
The Terriers again came back to tie it back up in the bottom of the inning, as Kane grounded out to shortstop but Joe Quinlan came in from third to plate the tying run.
Colby went ahead for good with two in the seventh inning. Ryder Arsenault led off with a single and stole second base to reach scoring position. Jason Buco then singled through the left side to bring in Arsenault. Two batters later, Nils Carlson's hit through the left side brought in Hanson with the final run.
Thomas had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when they had the bases loaded with two outs, but Daniel Schoenfeld got out of the jam and closed out the Terriers in the ninth to earn the save. James Connelly earned the victory with 2.2 innings of work in relief.
Kane led the Terrier offense with two hits and two runs driven in. Christopher Esquivel also had two hits on the afternoon. Taylor Bacon suffered the loss on the mound after relieving starter Rob Casarez, who went the 5.1 innings.
Thomas will return to the field on Saturday, April 18 to take on North Atlantic Conference opponent New England College for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 PM with the second game to follow.