Sunday Sweep Nets Terriers NAC Series Win Over Hornets

Sunday Sweep Nets Terriers NAC Series Win Over Hornets

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. --- The Thomas College baseball team pounded out 35 hits en route to a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Lyndon State College on Sunday at Skip Pound Field. The Terriers (18-15, 12-8 NAC) won game one, 19-7, then took the nightcap by a 6-2 score.

Game 1: Thomas 19, Lyndon State 7
The Terriers clubbed Hornet pitchers to the tune of 19 runs on 20 hits in the first game and the onslaught started right away with three runs on five hits in the top of the first inning.

Sophomore Michael De Los Santos (Robstown, Texas / Robstown) hit a two-out, two-run double to right center to score Derek Kane (sr., Natick, Mass. / Natick) and Zach Mathieu (fr., Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee). De Los Santos came around to score later in the frame on an RBI single through the left side by senior Brett Sommers (Palm Bay, Fla. / Heritage).

Lyndon countered with a run in the bottom of the first as Devon Rollins opened the frame with a triple to right field and scored on a Reece Tanguay RBI groundout.

Three more Terrier runs crossed in the second as Joe Quinlan (sr., Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) scored on an Anree Benitez (sr., Orlando, Fla. / University) RBI double and De Los Santos supplied his second two-out, two-run double in as many innings.

While Thomas was held off the basepaths in the third, Lyndon cut the deficit to just one run as Rollins scored when Andre Eason Jr. drew a bases-loaded walk and Tanguay scored on a Ryan Cordeiro sacrifice fly.

The Terriers added two runs in the fourth on another Sommers RBI single and a wild pitch, then exploded for seven runs on just three hits in the fifth. Quinlan scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Mathieu and Kane rapped a single through the right side to score Benitez.

After Sommers was hit by a pitch to load the bases, sophomore Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland) plated Mathieu with a single through the left side. Errors by Lyndon on back-to-back plays allowed the Terriers to build the lead to 14-3. Senior Nik Beeson (Manchester, N.H. / Trinity) capped the rally with a bases-loaded RBI single that scored freshman Hank Vinall (Blue Hill, Maine / George Stevens Academy) from third.

Each team added four runs in the final two innings.

De Los Santos, who provided the two big hits early on, finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Pena finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs, while Sommers was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Freshman Jon Phelps (Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island) had two RBIs after entering the game in the sixth in place of Vinall.

Beeson improved to 4-1 on the mound after scattering three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings of work.

Lyndon starter Davis Guyer took the loss, conceding eight runs on 11 hits and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Game 2: Thomas 6, Lyndon State 2
Thomas' offense continued to run in high gear in game two, amassing 15 more hits.

The Hornets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Devon Rollins scored when Aaron Catalani reached on a fielder's choice and Catalani scored two batters later on an RBI single through the left side by Ryan Cordeiro.

The Terriers cut into the lead with a run in the third inning when Brett Sommers singled in Zach Mathieu from third base.

Sommers also factored into the three-run fifth inning that gave Thomas the lead. He rapped an RBI single through the left side to score Derek Kane, then scored on an RBI double by Hank Vinall. Tristan Pena provided the Terriers' final tally of the inning when he scored on an error by Lyndon State left fielder Ben Rollins.

Thomas added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to extend the lead to 6-2. Pena drove in Kane with an RBI single through the left side in the sixth, while Anree Benitez scored in the seventh when an attempt to throw him out at third base ended up in left field.

Lyndon loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to cut into the Thomas lead.

Sophomore Matt Rutherford (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy) scattered seven hits while striking out three and walking none in a complete-game effort for the Terriers.

Kane and Vinall had three hits apiece, while Benitez, Sommers and Pena each had a pair of base knocks. Nik Beeson went 0-for-2 but drew three walks.

Catalani had two hits and a stolen base to lead Lyndon State. Reece Tanguay also went 2-for-3.
Neil Robinson took the loss after allowing four runs in the fifth inning.

Thomas closes out its regular season with a pair of NAC doubleheaders at H. Allen Ryan Field. The Terriers host UMaine-Farmington at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Husson at 2 p.m. Thursday.