Esposito Pitches Gem as Terriers Split Twin Bill With UMF

Esposito Pitches Gem as Terriers Split Twin Bill With UMF

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Junior Dominic Esposito (Portland, Maine / Deering) threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout as Thomas College won game one of a North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader with rival University of Maine at Farmington at H. Allen Ryan Field.

The Beavers (18-13, 11-9 NAC) thrashed the Terriers (19-16, 13-9 NAC) in game two, 18-5, scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning.

Game 1: Thomas 2, UMaine-Farmington 0
Esposito got the Terriers off to a great start in game one, striking out the side in the top of the first inning.

Senior Derek Kane (Natick, Mass. / Natick) gave Thomas a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when he sent a Mark Leahy offering over the right-field wall for his second round-tripper of the year.

Neither team would get a runner past second base until the fifth inning when senior Joe Quinlan (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) led off the frame with a triple to right center. He scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Nik Beeson (Manchester, N.H. / Trinity) to make it 2-0.

The Beavers had one runner reach in both the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to capitalize.

Esposito scattered three hits and struck out four in the complete-game effort to improve to 4-1 overall. Leahy matched Esposito's four strikeouts, but gave up a pair of runs on six hits and a walk.

UMF received base hits from Sean Cabaniss, Tom Grady and Nick Attaliades-Ryan, while Ben Keene and Jordan Croteau reached base on Thomas fielding errors.

Game 2: UMaine-Farmington 18, Thomas 5
In the second game, Thomas spotted UMF a 5-0 lead through 2.5 innings but rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Brett Sommers (sr., Palm Bay, Fla. / Heritage) drove in Zach Mathieu (fr., Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) with an RBI double to right center. That was followed by a two-run single by Alex Curtis (so., Monmouth, Maine / Monmouth Academy) and an RBI single by Tristan Pena (so., Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland).

After a scoreless fourth inning where the Terriers stranded a pair of runners, the Beavers exploded for 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Ben Keene had a two-run triple in the frame and Jordan Croteau crushed a three-run home run that cleared the scoreboard in left field at H. Allen Ryan Field.

Thomas got one run back in the bottom half of the inning as Sommers scored when Pena grounded into a double play.

Six Terrier pitchers saw action in the game, including three in the fifth inning alone. Starter Connor Hope (so., Willimantic, Conn. / Windham) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits in two innings of work.

Sommers accounted for two of Thomas' nine hits in the game. Both were doubles. He also scored a pair of runs and drew a walk. Sophomore Michael De Los Santos (Robstown, Texas / Robstown) also had a double for the Terriers.

Keene finished the second game 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Dustin McCrossin was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Trevor Hisler was also productive at the plate in the nightcap by hitting 2-for-3 with three RBI.

The Terriers close the regular season Thursday afternoon with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against Husson at H. Allen Ryan Field.