AUBURNDALE, Florida – The Thomas College baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader, 12-0 and 7-5, to Hope College on Tuesday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
Hope 12, Thomas 0
The Dutchmen pushed three runs across in the first inning on two hits off Terrier starter Matt Rutherford (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy). Hope continued their strong offense in the bottom of the third as five more runs gave them a commanding 8-0 lead. Tanner Gilmore crushed a deep homerun to left center for three RBIs.
Hope tacked on four more runs later on while holding the Terriers to just four hits in the contest. Eric Plaehn earned the win on the mound for Hope, throwing five innings and striking out two. Rutherford threw 2.1 innings in the loss, allowing seven hits and seven runs.
Hope 7, Thomas 5
Freshman Cody Cousins (Wells, Maine / Wells) took the mound for the Terriers in his first collegiate appearance making quick work of the Dutchmen in the first two innings. Hope tallied a run in the top of the third as a Jordon Fairchild RBI single scored Ben De Ritter.
The Dutchmen begin to get to Cousins in the top of the fifth as Michael Barnett ripped a ground rule double to score two. Fairchild followed with a triple to score Barnett, taking a 4-1 lead.
Derek LeBlanc (Madison, Maine / Madison) and Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland) started the Terriers rally in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of singles. Cabrera added a line drive single to right field to score both runners and to cut the deficit to one. Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine / Monmouth Academy) and Kelly continued the offense as their singles scored two more runs to give the Terriers a 5-4 lead going into the final frame.
The lead was short lived as the Dutchmen scored three runs on a hit and two errors off relief pitcher Jaicob Flores (Kingsville, Texas / Riviera-Kaufer). Hope pitcher Matt VanDyken shut the Terriers down in the seventh to preserve the 7-5 win.
The Terriers will continue their Florida trip on Wednesday, March 22 as they face Carleton in an 11:00 a.m. matchup.