WINTER HAVEN, Florida – The Thomas College baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Friday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium, 15-7 and 7-0.
St. Joseph's 15, Thomas 7
The Monks pushed two runs across in the first inning for an early lead as Joey Murphy scored on a passed ball after leading off with a single. Jameson Collins followed with a single to score Taylor Black.
The Terriers responded with three runs of their own in the top half of the second. With the bases loaded and no outs, Jaicob Flores (Kingsville, Texas / Riviera-Kaufer) scored on a wild pitch. The inning continued as Rett Adams (Atlanta, Ga. / Druid Hills) reached on an error to score Riley Simonetti (Minneapolis, M.N. / Benilde). Kyle Fletcher (Monmouth, Maine / Monmouth) plated another as he reached on a fielder's choice.
Thomas tacked on four more runs in the fourth as Darren Kelly's (Foxboro, Mass / Foxborough) RBI single brought in Adams. Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine / Monmouth) knocked in another with his RBI single through the left side. Simonetti brought in two more runs with a single to center, giving Thomas a 7-2 lead.
The wheels fell off for the Terriers as the Monks exploded in the bottom of the fourth, recording ten runs on eight hits and one error. Collins hit a grand slam in the inning, scoring four of the ten runs.
The Monks went on to add three more in the six to finish the scoring at 15-7.
St. Joseph's 7, Thomas 0
The Monks pitching staff kept the Terriers' bats silent throughout the contest, holding them to no runs, four hits, and striking out eight. Grayson Jennings was given the victory in four innings of work.
Brandon Hubbard (New Gloucester, Maine / Gray-New Gloucester) got the nod on the mound for Thomas as he shut the Monks down in the first two frames. St. Joes scored one run in the third on a single from Collins and erupted for five more in the fourth on four hits and two errors. Scott Betts hit a solo homerun in the seventh to end at 7-0.
The Terriers are looking to get in the win column as they face Crown (Minn.) in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25.