(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Day two of the President's Athletic Conference Championship Tournament concluded today as the Thomas More College Saints went 2-0 defeating Saint Vincent 6-1 and Westminster 7-2 to force a seventh game in the tournament for the championship. With the wins, the Saints knocked Saint Vincent out of the run for the PAC title and are now 30-14 overall.
In the first game, Thomas More struck first coming out hot at the plate. The Saints scored three runs in the first inning. Andrea Gahan singled to right first, advancing Alix DeDreu and scoring Laura Finke. Amanda Lloyd singled to left field, advancing Gahan to third and scoring DeDreu. The Saints kept the momentum going with a double steal, Lloyd stealing second and Gahan stealing home for the 3-0 lead. Thomas More kept the scoring streak alive in the second inning, scoring two more runs. Dallis Knotts doubled to right center, scoring Finke. Gahan doubled to center scoring Knotts. In the fourth inning, the Saints put another run on the board as DeDreu singled to right center, advancing Knotts to second and scoring Finke. Saint Vincent tried to rally in the fifth inning, scoring one run and cutting the lead to five, but was not enough to overcome the Saints' lead sending Thomas More in to game six of the PAC Tournament facing Westminster.
In game two, Westminster was the first to put runs up on the board. In the third inning, the Titans scored their only two runs of the game from a two run home run off of pitcher Knotts. DeDreu came in for Knotts with the bases loaded to get the Saints out of the inning. The Saints countered the Titans' two runs by scoring three in the bottom of the third inning. DeDreu reached on a fielder's choice to score Sammy Sagers, with the help of a heads-up play from Knotts to prevent the double play. Lloyd doubled to left center advancing Kenzi Dickerson to third and scoring Gahan and DeDreu to take the 3-2 lead. The Saints stayed hot at the plate as Bree Appel hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Thomas More scored three more in the sixth inning from a three-run home run from Gahan to score Knotts and Finke.
DeDreu was on the mound for the Saints in game one, facing 25 batters only allowing one run off three hits and recording five strikeout. Finke went 2-4 at the plate scoring three runs with a double and two stolen bases. Knotts went 2-3, scoring one run and recording one RBI with a double. Gahan went 2-3 scoring one run and recording two RBI's with a double and two stolen bases.
Knotts started on the mound in game two for the Saints, facing 12 batters giving up two runs off two hits and recorded three strikeouts. DeDreu replaced her, facing 18 batters for no runs off four hits, recording four strikeouts. Finke went 1-2 at the plate, scoring one run. Knotts went 1-3 scoring one run. Gahan went 1-3, scoring two runs and one RBI off a home run. Lloyd went 2-4 with two RBI's off a double. Sagers went 1-3 scoring one run with a double. Appel went 1-3 hitting a home run scoring one run and recording one RBI.
Due to the weather forecast for the evening in Crestview Hills, Ky. both teams agreed to postpone the championship game until tomorrow, May 6. The winner will be crowned PAC Champion with the first pitch being thrown out at 11:00 am.