(WASHINGTON, Pa.) –The Thomas More College baseball team split a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader with Bethany College today (Friday, April 6, 2018) at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Saints won game one, 11-1, and the Bison won game two, 4-1.
The Saints are now 8-11 overall and 5-3 in the PAC, while the Bison improve to 5-14 overall and 2-4 in the PAC.
In the first game, the Saints plated two runs in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth, one in the seventh, two in the eighth and two in the ninth and held Bethany to a run in the sixth for the 11-1 victory.
Senior pitcher Jayson Essell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) earned the win on the mound as he pitched eight innings, giving up one run (earned) on eight hits and struck out four. Senior pitcher Brandon Ward (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic) pitched a scoreless ninth.
Offensively, the Saints belted out 15 hits in the game. Senior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was three-for-five with a double, a triple, a run batted-in and two runs scored. Junior catcher Sam Hauer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-three with a double, three RBI and a run scored. Three other Saints had multiple hits as junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag (Burlington, Ky./Conner) was two-for-four with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored, senior third baseman Tyler Smith (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-four with a RBI and a run scored and junior shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) was two-for-four with a RBI and a run scored.
In the nightcap, Bethany scored two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth, while holding the Saints to one run in the seventh for the 4-1 victory.
Junior first baseman Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) led the Saints at the plae as he was three-for-four with a double. First-year left fielder Brady Reynolds (White Oak, Ohio/LaSalle) was two-for-three with a double and a RBI.
On the mound, senior pitche Brandon Eliadis (Lawrenceburg, Ky./Anderson County) suffered the loss as he pitched five and two-third innings and gave up four runs (all earned) on eight hits and struck out three. Sophomore pitcher Justin Ward (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) pitched two and a third innings of relief and gave up only one hit, while striking out two.
Thomas More returns to action on Sunday (April 8) when it travels to Tiffin, Ohio to play Heidelberg University. First pitch for the non-conference game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Peaceful Valley.