Pilgrims Take Two From Terriers to Finish Season Series

Pilgrims Take Two From Terriers to Finish Season Series

Courtesy of New England College Sports Information

KINGSTON, R.I.—The Thomas College baseball team dropped two games to New England College on Sunday by the scores of 6-1 and 14-3 in day two of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) four-game series between the two teams at the University of Rhode Island's Bill Beck Field.

With the wins, NEC evens its record to 10-10 overall and 3-3 in NAC play, while Thomas falls to 2-17 overall and 1-7 in league play.

NEC 6, Thomas 1

NEC scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on one hit and one error by capitalizing on four-straight walks and two wild pitches.

The Pilgrims would tack on two more in the bottom of the second as Luis Atiles led off with a walk, Stanley Vargas singled, and Evan Delaney walked to load the bases. Vincent Backert singled to left-center to plate both Atiles and Vargas for the 6-0 lead.

Thomas scored their lone run of the game in the top of the third. Isaiah Arana (Orlando, Fla.) led with a single up the middle, stole second with one out, moved to third on an NEC error and scored on a sacrifice-fly by Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H.).

NEC pitcher Raymond Rosado gave up just three hits, one run, and three walks while striking out eight in his first start of the season.

Jaicob Flores (Kingsville, Texas) took the loss for Thomas, as he was credited with all four of NEC's runs in the first despite recording an out. Thomas's Nate Martin (China, Maine), Trevor Hinson (Whittier, Calif.), Ryan Jurgiewich (Medway, Maine) and Darren Forkey (Waterville, Maine) combined for five hitless innings in relief.

NEC 14, Thomas 3

The Pilgrims used a 10-run third inning to fuel the win in game two. The inning saw seven hits, including doubles by Manuel Alejandro and Jameson Carey and a triple by Castano. 

Thomas's lead-off batter, Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.), put the Terriers on the board early in game two as he was hit by the first pitch of the game, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a groundout and scored on a balk.

The Terriers would take a 2-0 lead in top of the second as Riley Simonetti (Minneapolis, Minn.) started the inning with a double down the left field line.  Flores singled next to put runners on at the corners, and Antonio Martinez (Coral Springs, Fla.) poked another single through the left side to drive in the run.

NEC took a brief 3-2 lead following a three-run second inning, but Thomas was quick to tie it again at 3-3 in the top of the third. The Pilgrims took control from there, plating 10 runs in the bottom of the third and adding another in the bottom of the fifth.

The Pilgrims were led offensively by Paliotte, who batted 3-for-4 with three RBI from the nine-hole. The team totaled 15 hits in the win, while Atiles, Backert, Carey, and Castrano all finishing with two hits each.

Vargas took the win on the mound, scattering seven hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk while striking out seven over five innings of work. Christopher States and Robert Hutchins each pitched an inning in relief.

Thomas's Brandon Hubbard (New Gloucester, Maine) took the loss in 2.1 innings giving up seven hits and eight runs.

The Terriers are scheduled to face Husson on Wednesday, April 12 at a site to be determined.