WINTER PARK, FL — The Thomas College baseball team opened up North Atlantic Conference play Monday with a split against Castleton State College. The Terriers (3-7, 1-1 NAC) plated five runs in the top of the 11th inning to down the Spartans (8-4, 1-1 NAC) 6-1 in game one, while Castleton came away with a 1-0 win in seven innings in the second contest.

In the opener, Beau Ewton’s single plated Anree Benitez for the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. Benitez, Nik Beeson and Christopher Esquivel each had three hits in the win, while Derek Kane and Beeson — who got the win after tossing the last four innings — split the pitching duties.

In the second game it was a pitchers’ duel between Thomas’ Payton Kennison, of Augusta, and Castleton’s Steven Jurkiewicz that ultimately finished in the Spartans’ favor. The contest’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth following back-to-back doubles from Jimmy Buckley and Nate Swahn, respectively. Kennison allowed six hits and one earned run with five strikeouts in six innings in the loss.

UM-FARMINGTON 1, FISHER 0: Jordan Croteau’s two-out double in the top of the seventh and final inning lifted the Beavers to a win over the Falcons in the first game of a doubleheader in Haverill, Mass.

The rally began with one out when Erskine graduate Tom Grady reached base on a single. He advanced to second on a balk and one out later scored on Croteau’s hit.

Jory Humphrey, of Jefferson, picked up the win on the mound for UMF (7-2) and finished with a complete-game, two-hitter and six strikeouts.


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