WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College baseball team split two games with Lyndon State College in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader on Friday night. The Hornets took a 7-5 victory in game one followed by the Terriers taking game two, 5-4, in a game that ended at 12:30a.m. Saturday morning.
Lyndon State 7, Thomas 5
The Hornets got on the board in the first inning as Andre Eason Jr. knocked in a run with an RBI double. Thomas responded in the bottom half of the inning as a ground out from Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine) plated Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.) that tied the game up at 1-1.
Lyndon took a 3-1 lead in the next inning as a double to left center from Devon Rollins brought in Zak Johnson and Jake Perkins.
The Hornets offense continued to score as they added two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning led by Eason, Perkins, and Johnson.
The Terriers looked to rally in the bottom of the sixth as they loaded the bases. Curtis followed with a grand slam to deep left field to cut the lead down to 7-5.
Lyndon closer Andrew Whalen silenced Thomas in the seventh inning to pick up the save and a 7-5 victory. James Mundy earned the win on the mound for the Hornets, throwing five innings and allowing five runs.
Cody Cousins (Wells, Maine) was given the loss for Thomas with four innings pitched and five runs (four earned) allowed.
Thomas 5, Lyndon State 4
The Terriers wasted no time getting to Hornets starter Tyler Davis as they pushed across four runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Jordan Gibson (Marietta, Ga.) walked to bring in Kelly. Carson Dalheim (Wayne, Maine) followed with a two-RBI single to left field to bring in Curtis and Isaiah Arana (Orlando, Fla.) A fielder's choice from Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas) scored a run for 4-0 lead.
The Hornets got a run back in the top of the second as Codi Smith was able to score on an error that would have ended the inning. Thomas added another in the next half of the inning as Kelly scored once again on a fielder's choice from Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H.)
Lyndon State looked to rally in the top of the fifth as an RBI double from Ryan Cordeiro and RBI single from Eason cut the Terriers lead down to two. The inning continued as the Hornets had the bases loaded and no outs. Pitcher Thomas Paola (Bar Harbor, Maine) came in for the Terriers to get three outs, holding Lyndon from scoring anymore runs.
The Hornets threatened once again in the final frame as they began in the inning with two walks. Nate Martin (China, Maine) came in relief of Paola to get the final three outs, allowing one run to score to finish the game at 5-4.
Matt Rutherford (Saco, Maine) was given the win on the mound for Thomas, throwing four innings, scattering four hits, and allowing three runs (two earned).
The Terriers will continue their four-game series with Lyndon on Saturday, April 15 with a 7:00 p.m. start at Colby College.