Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Thomas College baseball team fell to Colby-Sawyer College, 4-2, on Friday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
Game two reached the third inning before being called due to rain. Thomas was leading 1-0 and will be resumed on Saturday at noon. Once that game is completed, the originally scheduled twin bill will begin.
The Terriers began the scoring in their first at-bat with a pair of runs. Freshman John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) earned a leadoff walk and then came around on a single by senior Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine). Later in the frame, senior Dominic Esposito (Portland, Maine) scored on a sac fly from sophomore Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.).
Colby-Sawyer got a run back in the bottom of the second. Freshman Charlie Danaher led off the inning with a double to the left center gap. He then scored on a triple by Connor Henry to deep center field.
The Chargers took the lead in the third inning by plating two runs to go in front 3-2. Senior Tim Donovan singled to center to begin the rally. He then scored when junior Austin Butler reached on a bunt single that forced an errant throw. Butler, who advanced to third on his bunt, then scored on a sac fly from senior Dougie Avellino.
The home team doubled its lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout from Avellino that scored Donovan.
Thomas threatened in the top of the seventh by having the first two hitters reach base on a walk and a single. After freshman Noah Yeingst got senior Tristan Pena (Portland, Maine) to line out, senior closer Andrew Carbone was called upon. Two pitches into his first hitter, Carbone induced a double play to end the game.
Yeingst went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out three. Carbone got two outs from one pitch to earn his second save of the season.
Sophomore Cody Cousins (Wells, Maine) was charged with two earned runs in six innings of work for Thomas.
Donovan went 2-for-2 with two runs. Avellino knocked in a pair, while Henry added two hits.
Curtis led the Terriers with two hits and an RBI.