SEASON IN REVIEW: Baseball

SEASON IN REVIEW: Baseball

The Thomas baseball team rebounded from a tough 2014 season and put together a solid bounce back effort in 2015 under head coach Greg King. The Terriers placed third in the conference standings after the regular season, and made a run in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament that ended with a runner-up finish.

SEASON RESULTS: 18-22 overall record, 14-10 conference record, reached the NAC Finals

The season began in Florida for the annual spring trip for the Terriers, as the team played a total of 12 games, including four conference games against Castleton, and came away with four wins, two of which were against the Spartans. As the calendar turned to April, Thomas went through a tough five-game skid, three of them coming by way of one-run losses to Husson.

The Terriers then began to find a good groove, winning eight of their next nine games, sweeping two doubleheaders from New England College and two from Colby-Sawyer. Thomas then closed the regular season out going 4-6 in their final 10 games, and finished in the third place in the NAC.

Thomas opened up the NAC Tournament with a huge 10-7 victory over Husson, a team they had not been able to beat in four tries before. In the winner's bracket, the Terriers fell against Castleton, putting them in an elimination game against Husson once again. Thomas would defeat Husson for the second time in two days with a 5-2 win to advance them into the championship round of the tournament.

The Terriers season came to an end after going down against the Spartans in the finals, finishing the 2015 season as the conference runner-up.

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SEASON ACCOLADES:

All-Conference First Team

Nik Beeson, SS – (Hitting) 38 games, .383 AVG, 46 H, 6 2B, 24 RBI, 17 R, 16 BB, 3 SB, .468 OBP, .433 SLG

(Pitching) 10 appearances, 1 win, 5 saves, 14 IP, 13 K, 3.86 ERA

All-Conference Second Team

Anree Benitez, OF – 40 games, .371 AVG, 56 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 10 RBI, 38 R, 9 BB,  15 SB, .410 OBP, .470 SLG

Derek Kane, Util – (Hitting) 37 games, .358 AVG, 44 H, 10 2B, 4 3B, 17 RBI, 23 R, 21 BB, 3 SB, .442 OBP, .504 SLG

(Pitching) 9 appearances (8 starts) 2 wins, 1 CG, 38.1 IP, 29 K, 3.99 ERA

Michael De Los Santos 3B – 38 games, .333 AVG, 41 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 14 RBI, 19 R, 13 BB, .399 OBP, .390 SLG

All-Tournament Team

Anree Benitez

Dominic Esposito

Michael De Los Santos

BEST PERFORMER: Nik Beeson, Junior

Beeson had his best season as a Terrier in 2015, setting career-bests in several offensive categories. His .383 batting average was good for second in the conference, as was his 5 saves as a relief pitcher. The junior led the Terriers in batting average, runs batted in, on-base percentage and saves. Beeson had 17 multi-hit games and earned his second consecutive All-Conference First Team selection at the end of the year.

BEST BREAKOUT: Derek Kane, Junior

Kane rebounded from a difficult 2014 season and broke out this year as a junior, setting career-highs in several offensive and pitching categories. The junior led the Terriers in walks (21) and slugging percentage (.504) and had a conference-best four triples. The Natick, Massachusetts native also made 8 starts on the mound, and collected two wins in 38.1 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA. Kane was named an All-Conference player for the first time, making the Second Team as a utility player.

BEST NEWCOMER: Michael De Los Santos, Freshman

De Los Santos enjoyed a great first year in a Terrier uniform, including an outstanding showing in the NAC Tournament, where he went 9-for-15 with six runs scored and three RBI's. On the season, the freshman third baseman posted a .333 average, with six doubles, one triple, 14 RBI's, 13 walks, a .399 on-base percentage and a .390 slugging percentage.

BEST GAME: 5-2 win over Husson in the NAC Tournament on May 2, 2015

After defeating Husson in the first game of the tournament, the two teams faced off again in an elimination game and a trip to the NAC Finals on the line. The Terriers jumped out early and never looked back, totaling five runs on 13 hits on their way to a 5-2 victory to eliminate the No. 2 seed Eagles.

Benitez, Beeson and De Los Santos all had multi-hit games to lead the offensive attack. Kane got the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) with five strikeouts. Dominic Esposito closed out the game for his second save to advance Thomas into the championship round.

OUTLOOK: Coming off a season as the conference runner-up, Thomas had a 40-man roster this past year and will be losing just five seniors in Tom Blake, Dylan McNally, Justin Roy, Sean Twohig and Brent Weldon. The Terriers will look to remain at the top of the conference once again in the spring of 2016.