WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas baseball team earned a split of a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader against the University of Maine at Farmington on Wednesday afternoon. The Terriers took game one 3-2 before going down 4-0 in game two.
The Terriers (13-16, 11-7 NAC) took advantage of four errors made by the Beavers (15-11, 8-8) and received some strong pitching to defeat UMF 3-2 in game one of the doubleheader.
Thomas started strongly, putting up two runs in the first inning. Anree Benitez got things started with a lead-off single, and then stole second. Derek Kane reached on an error by Grayson Beressi, which allowed him to advance to second and Benitez to third with one out.
Nik Beeson would ground out in the next at bat, but Benitez came across for the game's first run. Matt Romandetti followed by reaching on another Beaver error, and Kane came in to score to give Thomas the 2-0 lead.
After both teams went scoreless in the second, Farmington got one run back in the third, as Beressi came in to score on a wild pitch by Thomas starter Isiah Fleming. The Beavers would tie the score up in the next inning, when Beressi drove in Tom Grady with a RBI single through the left side.
The Terriers would get the run right back in the bottom of the inning. Beau Ewton and Ryder Kenney both singled with two outs and Christopher Esquivel would reach on a fielder's choice when Kenney beat a throw to second.
Benitez came up with the bases loaded, two outs and hit it to shortstop Jimmy Parks who would make an error on the play and all the runners would advance safely, scoring Ewton from third to take the 3-2 lead.
Dominic Esposito and Beeson would finish out the Beavers on the mound over the next three innings, with Beeson recording his third save of the season. Fleming earned his second win, going four innings and striking out four.
Jimmy Neal pitched six shutout innings as UMF went on to win game two 4-0 over the Terriers. Derek Kane had two hits to lead the team.
The Beavers got off to the quick start in this game, plating two runs in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Sean Cabaniss.
Thomas nearly scored back in the bottom of the first, as Kane hit a double to right field, and would try to come all the way around after UMF had trouble getting the ball in, but would get thrown out at home plate on a throw from center fielder Tom Grady.
The Terriers had another opportunity in the second inning with runners on first and third with one out, but came up empty. The third inning brought another scoring opportunity, but it ended after an inning-ending double play on a strikeout and runner caught stealing.
Five more runners were left stranded over the next three innings, as Thomas left a total of nine stranded on the game. The Beavers added one run in the fourth and six, with Mark Leahy knocked one in with an RBI double in the fourth and Jordan Croteau hitting a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Kane took the loss on the mound for Thomas, going four innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three.
Thomas will take on Farmington again tomorrow, April 23 for a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1:00 PM.