Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Thomas College baseball team ended the 2018 season with winning one of three games on the road at Colby-Sawyer College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
After yesterday's second game was suspended in the third, due to rain, with Thomas leading 1-0, the Chargers bats came alive today to begin the day with a 9-3 victory. Colby-Sawyer then won game two 7-0, but fell in the final game 8-7 in eight innings.
Colby-Sawyer goes to 6-23 overall and 4-14 in the NAC. Thomas goes to 8-30 overall and 5-17 in conference play. The Chargers will host Husson on Monday for a doubleheader.
Game 1 – Colby-Sawyer 9, Thomas 3
On Friday, senior Dominic Esposito (Portland, Maine) gave Thomas a 1-0 lead in the third with a RBI double to left center.
When the game resumed on Saturday, Thomas added a pair of runs in the fourth on a Tyler Gee (Falmouth, Maine) single and an error to take a 3-0 lead.
Colby-Sawyer got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Tim Unczur (Danvers, Mass.) doubled in senior Drew Inglesi (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Charlie Danaher (Guilford, Conn.).
The Chargers tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single from senior Dougie Avellino (Woodstock, Vt.).
The home team put the game away in the sixth with six runs on seven hits. Avellino and senior Brendan Thurber (Ashland, Mass.) had the two big hits in the inning and drove in two runs apiece.
Senior Connor Henry (East Boston, Mass.) went the distance for Colby-Sawyer pitching all seven innings across two days to earn the win. He gave up one earned run and struck out four.
Avellino finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs to pace Colby-Sawyer. Unczur and Thurber added two RBIs apiece.
Esposito took the loss for Thomas after 5.1 innings. Gee and sophomore Nicholas Cousins (Wells, Maine) had two hits to lead the Terriers.
Game 2 – Colby-Sawyer 7, Thomas 0
Colby-Sawyer Andrew Carbone (Lynnfield, Mass.) dazzled on the mound to earn his first win of the season. He went six scoreless innings and gave up just three hits and struck out three. Senior Joe DiTullio-Dotto (Saugus, Mass.) pitched the seventh inning and secured the last out of the game with a strikeout.
The Chargers put two across in the second inning on an error and a sac fly from senior Andrew Pratt (New Sharon, Maine).
Inglesi then knocked in Thurber in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Colby-Sawyer scored twice more in the fourth thanks to an error and a RBI single from junior Austin Butler (Saunderstown, R.I.).
The Chargers added insurance with a run in the fifth and the sixth. Pratt and Danaher each had RBI singles. Both players finished with two hits apiece.
Seven different Chargers scored runs today.
Freshman Ryan Scepansky (Blandon, Pa.) was saddled with the loss after three innings of work. He gave up five runs (one earned). Four different Terriers recorded one hit.
Game 3 – Thomas 8, Colby-Sawyer 7 (8 inn.)
Thomas jumped on the board with five runs on four hits and two errors in the first. Sophomore Connor Rittenhouse (Dover, N.H.) knocked in a pair with a single to center, while Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine), Cousins and Pena each had RBIs in the frame.
Colby-Sawyer got three back in its first at-bat. Freshman Alec Burns (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) knocked in Thurber and Avellino, while junior Liam Datres de la Blotier (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) followed with an RBI double of his own.
Cousins drove in his second run of the game in the second to put Thomas on top 6-3.
The Chargers pulled within one in the bottom of the third. Avellino came around on a Danaher sac fly and then Burns hit a run-scoring double to right to make the game 6-5 in favor of Thomas.
Thomas added another run in the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice from Cousins.
Trailing 7-5 in their last at-bat, the Chargers rallied with two runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Butler scored on a fielder's choice by Thurber, which was followed by a game-tying RBI single from Danaher.
The visitors found a two-out rally in the top of the eighth to plate the eventual game-winning run. Sophomore Darren Kelly doubled down the right field line to score junior Hank Vinall (Blue Hill, Maine).
Sophomore Jonah Gorgone (Casselberry, Fla.) earned the win for Thomas after seven innings of work. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits and struck out five. Junior Thomas Paola (Bar Harbor, Maine) was credited with a save after pitching the final inning. He allowed one hit and struck out a pair.
Cousins paced Thomas with a 3-for-5 effort and three RBIs. Curtis also had three hits, while Rittenhouse added two RBIs.
Senior Chris Hood (Manchester, N.H.) went the first five innings and gave up six runs, but only one was earned. Junior Joseph Scurto (Wilmington, Mass.) allowed one run on one hit in 1.1 innings, while junior Ryan Glendye (Litchfield, N.H.) took the loss with 1.1 innings and one run surrendered.
Avellino, Burns, Butler, and Thurber each had two hits. Avellino scored three times, while Burns knocked in three.