(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College baseball dropped a pair of games to Ohio Northern University today (Sunday, March 18, 2018) in a non-conference doubleheader at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. ONU won game one, 2-1, and the nightcap, 13-7.
The Saints fall to 2-7, while the Polar Bears improve to 10-3.
In the first game, Ohio Northern scored one in the fourth and one in the seventh and Thomas More could only answer with a a run in the seventh to give ONU the 2-1 victory. Senior pitcher Jayson Essell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) suffered the loss on the mound as he pitched eight innings giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and struck out eight. Senior pitcher Brandon Ward (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic) pitched a scoreless first inning, while striking out one and giving up one hit.
At the plate, junior shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) was two-for-three with a home run and a run batted-in, while senior third baseman Tyler Smith (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-three.
In the nightcap, ONU scored four in the first, three in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the ninth, while holding the Saints to one run in the second, one in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth for the 13-7 victory.
The Saints were led at the plate by senior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), who was three-for-five with a triple, a double, and two runs scored. Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag (Burlington, Ky./Conner) was two-for-five with a RBI and a run scored, Smith was two-for-four with a double, a RBI and a run scored, sophomore catcher Matt Wellbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-four and junior right fielder Joshua Broeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-five with a double, a RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore pitcher Griffin Smallwood (Lakeside Park, Ky./Dixie Heights) suffered the loss as he pitched oen inning, giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits and struck out two.