WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas baseball team picked up a pair of North Atlantic Conference wins over Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Hornets 13-3 in game one and 1-0 in a low-scoring second game to complete the two-game sweep.
The Terriers improve to 16-17 overall and 14-8 in conference play on the season. The Hornets drop to 8-22 overall and 7-13 in conference.
Thomas used 12 hits and took advantage of eight Hornet errors to cruise to a 13-3 win in game one of the doubleheader. Anree Benitez went 4-for-4 with four runs scored to lead the Terriers.
The two teams traded runs in the first two innings, as Benitez came across to score in the first on a fielder's choice and Dylan Newton hit a solo homerun for Lyndon in the second.
The Terriers broke it open in the bottom of the third, putting four runs on the board to take a 5-1 lead. Nik Beeson, Matt Romandetti and Beau Ewton each collected one run batted in. This started a run of four consecutive innings scoring at least one run for Thomas.
Benitez would score again on an error in the fourth inning. Alex Curtis drove home Michael De Los Santos on a RBI single down the right field line and Ewton would also score on a throwing error by the Hornets.
Thomas scored three more runs off of Lyndon errors in the sixth inning, along with Ewton and Brett Sommers driving in one each to cap off a five-run sixth for the Terriers as they went on to victory.
Seven different Thomas batters had at least one hit, while Benitez, Beeson and Ewton each had multi-hit games. Matt Rutherford went the complete game for his third win, tying a season-high with five strikeouts.
Dominic Esposito and Nik Beeson combined to allow just four hits as the Terriers won 1-0 in a pitcher's duel in the second game of the doubleheader. Esposito went six innings and allowed just three hits to collect his third win of the season in his first start. Beeson picked up his fourth save, closing out the game in the seventh with two strikeouts.
Thomas got the game's lone run in the bottom of the first inning, as Benitez led-off by reaching on an error by Lyndon and was bunted over to second by Joe Quinlan. Beeson followed up with a single to put runners on first and third with one out.
Romandetti would hit into a fielder's choice, as Beeson was put out at second but Romandetti was safe at first and Benitez came in from third to take the 1-0 lead.
The Hornets left three runners on base over the next six innings as Esposito avoided trouble and held the Lyndon bats at bay.
Beeson and Ewton had their second straight multi-hit games to lead the Terriers at the plate.
Thomas and Lyndon will square-off again tomorrow, April 26 for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 PM from H. Allen Ryan Field.