AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Thomas College baseball team came up short twice to Farmingdale State College, 1-0 and 2-1, in a doubleheader on Tuesday morning at Lake Myrtle Park.
Game 1: Farmingdale 1, Thomas 0
The Terriers put the pressure on in the first inning as they forced back-to-back walks and a hit batter to load the bases. Rams starter Thomas Pallatto was replaced with reliever Joe D'Arco who forced a strike out and ground out to end the threat.
Farmingdale plated the lone run of the contest in the top of the third as Ernie Geraci grounded out to second to allow Kenneth Johntry to score. The Terriers threatened again in the fifth as Tyler Gee (Falmouth, Maine) reached on a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Connor Rittenhouse (Dover, N.H.). The Rams looked to closer Logan Hicks who came in and silenced the Terriers to finish at 1-0.
D'Arco was given the win in four innings of work, allowing four hits and no runs while Hicks earned his second save with 2.2 innings and three strikeouts.
Thomas starter Cody Cousins (Wells, Maine) went the distance in seven innings, giving up four hits and one run while striking out nine.
Game 2: Farmingdale 2, Thomas 1
The Terriers got on the board early in the first frame on a sacrifice fly from Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine) to plate Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas). The Rams tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom half of the second as a passed ball brought in Domenic Palumbo.
Farmingdale added the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI triple from Christopher Reilly. Rams reliever Ryan Mallon kept the Terriers off the board in the seventh to finish at 2-1.
David Otero Jr. took the win for the Rams in 4.2 innings on two hits and one run (none earned).
Ryan Scepansky (Blandon, Pa.) had a strong outing for Thomas in six innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned).
The Terriers will take on Bard University on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Myrtle Park.