WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College baseball team earned a 6-5 extra innings walk-off victory over Bowdoin College on Friday afternoon at H. Allen Ryan Field.
The Terriers move to 4-24 in the win while the Polar Bears fall down to 11-13.
Bowdoin jumped on the board quickly in the opening frame as Jack Wilhoite sent a two-run homerun deep over the left field fence to make it 2-0. The Polar Bears tacked on another run in the third on a RBI single from Eric Mah, scoring Owen Gideon-Murphy.
Thomas stormed back to take the lead on a RBI single in the fourth by Hank Vinall (Blue Hill, Maine) and a three-RBI double in the fifth again by Vinall for a 4-3 advantage.
Later on in the seventh, Bowdoin regained the lead, 5-4, on an infield single from Colby Joncas along with Gideon-Murphy reaching on an error back to the pitcher.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Terriers got on a runner on second with one out after a single by Nicholas Cousins (Wells, Maine) and sacrifice bunt from Tyler Gee (Falmouth, Maine). Thomas capitalized on a Bowdoin error as pinch runner Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas) scored from second to tie the game up at 5-5 to force extras.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the top of tenth, Alex Curtis led off with a triple to center field. The Terriers were able to load the bases with two outs after two walks and two strikeouts. Pena ripped a line drive through the right side to score Roberto Duran (San Diego, Cal.) for the 6-5 walk-off victory.
Dylan Copeland (Salisbury, Mass.) earned his third win on the mound for Thomas in three innings of relief, surrendering only one hit. Jonah Gorgone (Casselberry, Fla.) threw five innings in the start, giving up six hits and three runs.
Ryan Winn shouldered the loss for the Polar Bears in 1.2 innings, scattering three hits and two runs (one earned). Bowdoin starter Peter O'Connell threw 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.
The Terriers will host New England College on Saturday for a conference doubleheader at H. Allen Ryan Field.