NEW LONDON, N.H. — Nik Beeson drove in a pair of runs to lift the Thomas College baseball team to a 3-2 win in the third game of a North Atlantic Conference tripleheader against Colby-Sawyer on Sunday.
Thomas (9-27, 8-13 NAC) won game one, 2-0. Colby-Sawyer (8-23, 5-13) took game two, 6-0.
The Terriers scored all the runs they’d need in the third inning of game three. After Derek Kane singled to drive in a run, Beeson’s single up the middle plated two more runs.
Kane pitched five innings for the win, while Waterville’s Tim Locke threw two innings for the save.
In game one, Anree Benitez and Jake Stilphen each drove in a run in the third inning for the Terriers. James McLamb threw a complete game four hitter for the win. In game two, the Chargers scores two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth for the win.
UMF 5-4, NEC 2-9: The Beavers split their doubleheader with New England College in Henniker, N.H. Mt. Blue grad Jimmy Neal had a big game for the Beavers in the opener, tossing six strong innings while allowing just one earned run and going 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two runs scored.
UMF put the game away with the scored tied in the top of the seventh, plating three runs with former Erskine Academy standout Sean Cabaniss scoring the go-ahead run and fellow Erskine grad Tom Grady belting a clutch two-run double later in the inning to give the Beavers some breathing room.
A six-run fourth inning proved to be all the Pilgrims needed in the nightcap though, as it gave the home team an insurmountable 8-0 advantage. Cabaniss, Ben Keene and Ethan Gouin each had two hits for UMF in the loss.
NYIT 3, MAINE 2: Nick Sebastian scored on an error in the top of the ninth inning to lift NYIT to the win in Orono.
Maine (17-23) threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but left the potential tying run at third base.
Scott Heath had two hits for the Black Bears. David Plotkin went 8.2 innings for NYIT to earn the win.
COLBY 2-2, BATES 1-6: The Mules’ hopes of making it to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs were dashed after splitting their doubleheader with Bates (18-12, 6-4). Colby (15-11, 5-7) needed to sweep the Bobcats to have a chance at catching them for the fourth and final spot in the NESCAC postseason tournament.
In the opener, the Mules got strong performances on the mound from Soren Hanson and Dakota Rabbitt, as the duo helped set the table for Colby to win it in the bottom of the seventh. Tim Corey led off the inning with a walk, and was lifted for pinch-runner Connor Bruen. Peter McAuliffe perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt to put the winning run in scoring position, and pinch-hitter Nils Carlson came through with a single to keep Colby’s playoff hopes alive.
Those aspirations were dashed in the finale though, as the Bobcats took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth and only built on it from there. Jason Buco made it 6-2 with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the sixth, but that was as close as the Mules would get. Kevin Galvin led Colby with two hits in the loss.
MAINE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: EmJ Fogel belted a double off the left field fence to bring Kristen Koslosky in to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the Black Bears walked off with a victory in the finale against Binghamton.
Fogel finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate while driving in all three Maine runs. Koslosky added a pair of hits and two runs in the victory as Maine tallied 10 hits in the contest.
Hannah Hill picked up the win, moving to 8-4 on the year after tossing eight innings while giving up one run and eight hits with eight strikeouts.
UMF 8-9, JOHNSON ST. 0-1: UMF clinched its first 10-win season in the NAC since 2009 on Sunday with a sweep of Johnson State. Cony graduate Emily Soule gave the home team a big lift in the opener, tossing a complete-game, one-hitter while striking out four.
Offensively UMF did the bulk of its damage in the third with a five-run outburst, as Katie Clark plated one with a double and Kennadi Grover’s triple scored a pair. Clark was 3-for-4 in the win, Cony grad Amy Jones went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Alison Hamilton and Soule chipped in with two hits apiece.
The finale was all Beavers from the get-go, as UMF plated four in the bottom of the first and broke it open with three more in the third. Courtney Fowler got the win in the circle for the Beavers, while former Mt. Abram standout Jillian Withee was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
Husson 12, UMF 6: A five-goal outburst in the third quarter broke open a close game to give Husson the win in the opening round of the NAC playoffs.
Nathan Chase led the way for the Beavers with two goals, while Madison grad Jake Linkletter, Michael Keim, T.C. Peters and former Mt. Blue standout Brandon Melville scored one each. Mt. Blue grad Ben Altmaier made 10 saves in the loss.
MAINE MARITIME 20, THOMAS 5: Bronson Guimond scored three goals and recorded his 100th career point to lead the Mariners over the Terriers in the NAC quarterfinals.
Brady Harrison had five goals for MMA (7-6). The Mariners scored five unanswered goals in the second quarter, and added five more in the third to pull away.
Jordan Marino had two goals for Thomas (4-9).