FARMINGTON, ME - The Thomas baseball team took their second consecutive split in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader with UMF in as many days, dropping the first game 4-3 before a 20-hit explosion in game two that led to a 12-7 victory.
The Terriers move to 14-17 overall and 12-8 in conference on the season, while the Beavers now stand at 16-12 and 9-9.
Thomas held a 3-1 lead but a three-run fifth inning by UMF catapulted them to a 4-3 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Derek Kane had three hits in the losing effort.
The Terriers got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the top of the first. After Anree Benitez lead-off with a single and was advanced to third by Kane, Nik Beeson hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Benitez tagged up for the 1-0 Terrier lead.
The Beavers would get that run back in second inning on a RBI double by Jordan Croteau. Thomas got the lead right back in the top of the third, as Matt Romandetti singled down the right field line, scoring Kane on the play. Another run was added when Beeson came in on a wild pitch by UMF's Joe Sullivan to give the Terriers a 3-1 lead.
UMF struck for the lead in fifth, as three different Beaver batters recorded an RBI, capped off by a run-scoring double by Jimmy Neal.
Thomas left two on base in the seventh with a chance at tying the game. Peyton Kennison got the loss on the mound, going four innings and allowing two earned runs with one strikeout.
In the second game, the Terriers recorded 20 hits as a team and had three innings scoring three runs or more as they took out the Beavers 12-7 to take the split in the doubleheader. Seven Terriers had multi-hit games and four had multi-RBI's.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Thomas went for a four-run second inning, highlighted by a RBI triple from Derek Kane to take a 4-3 lead.
Tom Grady of UMF tied the game up in the third with an RBI single down the left field line. The Terriers would regain the lead in the next inning, plating three more runs to go up 7-4 as Beeson and Kane drove runs in, Kane on his second triple of the game, and Joe Quinlan scored on a passed ball.
Thomas continued to add to their lead in the fifth, scoring another four runs to open up an 11-4 advantage, as Romandetti singled home two runners.
Ethan Gouin hit a two-run homerun in the sixth inning to bring some life to the Beavers, but Thomas would get one back in the seventh on a run-scoring double from Beeson. UMF added one more run in the bottom of the inning but got no closer than five and Thomas closed the door on the 12-7 victory.
Kyle Fletcher went six innings to earn his third win of the season, allowing six runs on nine hits while striking out four. Benitez and Kane each had four hits in the game for Thomas while Beeson led with three RBI's.
Thomas will be back at home on Saturday, April 25 when they host Lyndon State for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 PM.