Despite the cold weather today (Wednesday, April 4, 2018), the Thomas More College baseball team scored 27 runs as the Saints swept Chatham University in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at Kelly Auto Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. The Saints won game one, 14-10, and the nightcap, 13-2, in seven innings.
With the sweep, the Saints improve to 7-10 overall and 4-2 in the PAC. The Cougars fall to 7-12 overall and 0-6 in the PAC.
In game one, Thomas More scored two runs in the second, seven in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the eighth, while it held Chatham to three runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the eighth for the 14-10 victory.
Junior right fielder Joshua Boeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) led the Saints at the plate as he was four-for-five with two doubles, three runs batted-in and three runs scored. Junior first baseman/pitcher Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was three-for-six with two doubles and three runs scored and junior shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) was three-for-four with three doubles, three RBI and one run scored. Senior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was two-for-six with a home run, two RBI and a run scored, junior designated hitter/cather Sam Hauer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-six and senior third baseman Tyler Smith (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-five with a RBI and two runs scored.
First-year pitcher Jordan Houze (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) had a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings and gave up eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and struck out three. Junior pitcher Jonathan Breeden (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) earned the win as he pitched four and two-third innings of relief and gave up two runs (none earned) on three hits and struck out seven.
The nightcap was called after seven innings as the wind chill at the ballpark fell below 20 degrees. Thomas More plated two runs in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the seventh and held the Cougars to a pair of runs in the seventh for the 13-2 victory.
On the mond, Lawrence earned the win as he pitched five shutout innings and gave up one hit. Senior pitcher Noah Frantz (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) pitched the sixth and didn’t allow a run or a hit and first-year pitcher Andrew Schramm (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) pitched the seventh and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out one.
Lawrence was four-for-five with a double, two RBI and a run scored and Laumann was four-for-five with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Saints offensively. First-year left fielder Brady Reynolds (White Oak, Ohio/LaSalle) was three-for-four with a double and two runs scored. Three other Saints had multiple hits in the game as Hauer was two-for-five with a two RBI and a run scored, Smith was two-for-four with a run scored and junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag (Burlington, Ky./Conner) was two-for-four with three runs scored.
Thomas More returns to the diamond on Friday (April 6) when it plays Bethany College in a PAC doubleheader. Due to field conditions in Bethany, West Virginia, the doubleheader will played at Washington & Jefferson College’s Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pennsylvania. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday.
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