Kissimmee, Fla. – The Thomas College baseball team opened their season with a pair of losses to St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) on their first day of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
GAME 1: St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) 6, Thomas 2
The Bears struck early, scoring twice on a pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Thomas answered back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Nicholas Cousins (Wells, Maine) that scored Kyle Gleason (Danville, N.H.) to cut the lead in half, 2-1. SJC plated another in the top of the second, but Thomas answered again with a Gleason single that brought Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.) around to score and make it 3-2. St. Joseph's scored two more in the third to make it 5-2, adding on more in the seventh as Thomas' bats went cold and fell 6-2.
Andrew Watters threw the complete game to earn the win for the Bears, while Ryan Scepansky took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in five innings of work. He was relieved by Kelly who threw two innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits.
GAME 2: Thomas 4, St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) 11
SJC jumped out to an early lead again, scoring a run in the bottom of the first to go up 1-0. Roberto Duran (San Diego, Calif.) tied it with a single to center field that brought Nick Bagley (Hancock, Maine) in to score. The Bears opened it up in the fourth, going off for seven runs to go up 8-1.
After another SJC run in the fifth, Thomas put two up in the sixth with an RBI single by Antonio Cabrera (Plantation, Florida) and double by Duran. Duran drove in his third of the day in the top of the seventh to make it an 11-4 final.
Jacob Lacroix (Berwick, Maine) took the loss for Thomas, allowing eight runs, but was hampered by errors with only three earned runs. J.J. McLaughlin earned the win for the Bears, working five innings and allowing three runs.
The Terriers will take on Hope College in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 19 starting at 10:00 AM at Lake Myrtle Park #8 in Auburndale, Fla.