WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College baseball team spilt a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) twinbill with New England College on Sunday afternoon at H. Allen Ryan Field for the Terriers' senior day. Thomas took game one with a 5-1 victory while NEC stole game two, 7-3.
Before the games, the Terriers honored seniors Carson Dalheim (Wayne, Maine), Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas), Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine), Matt Rutherford (Saco, Maine), Brandon Hubbard (New Gloucester, Maine), Payton Kennison (Livermore, Maine), and Darren Forkey (Waterville, Maine) for their dedication to Thomas baseball.
Game 1: Thomas 5, NEC 1
The Terriers pushed a run across in the opening frame as Curtis doubled in Isaiah Arana (Orlando, Fla.) for a 1-0 lead. Curtis extend the advantage with another RBI double in the third followed by an RBI single from Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.) to make it 3-0.
Thomas jumped on a pair of Pilgrim miscues in the fourth inning to plate two more runs at 5-0. NEC finished the scoring at 5-1 in the top of the fifth as Ryan Swarts was hit by a pitch, bringing in Andrew Castano.
Rutherford earned a complete game victory for Thomas, allowing two hits and one run while striking out nine. Jameson Carey went the distance for the Pilgrims, surrendering six hits and five runs (three earned).
Game 2: NEC 7, Thomas 3
The Pilgrims took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Manuel Alejandro sacrifice fly, scoring Nick Powers. The Terriers scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame led by RBI singles from Tyler Gee (Falmouth, Maine) and Dominic Esposito (Portland, Maine).
NEC came right back in the third with a four-run inning to go up 5-3. Connor Morin was hit by a pitch while Alejandro, Evan Delaney, and Justin Carey all walked to bring in runs. Morin hit a RBI single in the fourth followed by an unearned run in the fifth to end at 7-3.
Shaun Cormier earned the win in relief for NEC in 5.1 innings, six hits and no runs. Hubbard was given the loss for Thomas in 2.2 innings, allowing four hits and five runs.
The Terriers will host Husson on Tuesday, April 24 for a doubleheader.