PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thomas nearly opened its season by knocking off unbeaten Johnson & Wales, but the host Wildcats rallied to win the first game, 3-2, then took the nightcap, 15-2, to sweep a college baseball doubleheader Sunday at Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex.
In game one, Thomas (0-2) took a 2-1 lead in the first inning when Zack Groat scored on an error and Anree Benitez brought home Nik Beeson with a go-ahead RBI single. J&W pitcher Shawn Haugh struck out 11 in five innings, but was stuck with a no-decision.
The Wildcats (8-0) tied the score in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jake Dickerson, then ended the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Carlos Sanabria.
J&W had only six hits in game two, but scored 15 runs thanks to 14 walks and three Thomas errors. Winning pitcher Aldo Morales went the distance and struck out 10. Morales took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but Joe Quinlan led off with a double for the Terriers’ only hit of the game.
UTICA 22-15, UMF 6-1: The Pioneers had 30 hits in the two games and swept a doubleheader with the Beavers in Winter Haven, Fla.
Utica second baseman Benjamin Hobaica went 5 for 5 with two walks on the day and scored 10 runs. Teammate Ryan Watson played only the first game and drove in six runs. Utica is 2-0.
Dustin McCrossin went 4 for 6 on the day for UMF (3-3).
The second game was called after five innings by a rule that no inning can begin after 7 p.m.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 13, MAINE 1: The Bison broke the game open with eight runs in the sixth innings to down the Black Bears in Lakeland, Fla.
North Dakota St. had 14 hits — 13 of them singles — and also took advantage of seven Maine errors. Kyle Kleinendorst went 4 for 6 and drove in three runs for the Bison (6-7). Jon Hechtner and Blake Turbak added three hits apiece. Parker Trewin got the win with 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings.
Troy Black went 3 for 5 and scored Maine’s only run. Losing pitcher Scott Heath allowed three earned runs in five innings for the Black Bears (7-14).
BUFFALO 2, MAINE 0: Skowhegan grad Shelby Obert batted second and had two hits, but the Black Bears had only four hits overall in a loss to the Bulls In Clearwater, Fla.
Winning pitcher Tori Speckman walked six and struck out seven for Buffalo (12-9). Sammi Gallardo hit a solo homer and Alexis Curtiss scored on a wild pitch for Buffalo’s runs.
Hannah Hill pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts for Maine (8-8). The Black Bears left nine runners on base in the loss.
THOMAS 13, ST. JOSEPH’S 12 (OT): Gardiner grad Jennifer Day scored with 5 seconds left in overtime as the Terriers defeated the Monks at Colby College on Saturday night.
St. Joseph’s (1-3) held a 9-6 lead at the half, but Thomas went ahead 11-10 on Day’s goal with 5:36 to play in regulation. Krystal Walsh scored for the Monks with 1 second left to force overtime.
Day and Messalonskee grad Miranda Tinsman each had four goals for Thomas (2-2). Brittany Premo added three goals.
For St. Joe’s, Kat Gadbois and Cony grad Cassie Diplock each scored three times.