CASTLETON, Vermont — The fourth-seeded Thomas baseball team plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to score an 8-4 victory over No. 3 University of Maine at Farmington in a North Atlantic Conference tournament elimination game Friday.

The Terriers (20-19) will face the loser of No. 1 Castleton and No. 2 Husson in the consolation bracket finals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Beavers, who set a program record for wins this spring, finished the season at 23-15.

Trailing 4-3, Thomas took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when Anree Benitez and Derek LeBlanc scored on an error off a single from Derek Kane. The Terriers padded their lead on an RBI double from Nik Beeson and two-run double from Max Salevsky. Jimmy Neal went 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored to pace the Beavers.

The two teams ended up in the consolation bracket after suffering losses earlier in the day. UMF had Husson on the ropes, but gave up a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to Alex Chapman before losing 6-5 on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Thomas, meanwhile, tried to rally late before falling 5-3 to host Castleton in its NAC tournament opener. The Terriers scored twice in the eighth on a double from Beeson and single from Zach Mathieu, and got a pair of hits off Michael LaBeau in the ninth before the closer shut the door for the save.


NO. 1 CASTLETON 6, No. 2 THOMAS 1: Chelsea Grady went 2 for 4, including clubbing her seventh home run of the season to lead the Spartans into the NAC championship game. The Terriers (17-18) will next face No. 2 Husson (14-24) Saturday at 2 p.m. in the consolation bracket final.

Taylor Paquette picked up the win in the circle for Castleton (19-11), allowing just one unearned run on two hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings. Cony High graduate Sonja Morse suffered the loss for Thomas, working five innings and allowing five runs — three earned — with six strikeouts.

The Terriers got into the winners bracket final after exploding for 15 runs in the second inning in a 16-2 rout of New England College in five innings earlier in the day. Korrie Laren led the onslaught with three hits — including a double and home run — and five RBIs.

MAINE 11, UMBC 0: Erika Leonard had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to pace a 12-hit attack for the Black Bears (24-18, 11-4) as they downed the Retrievers (23-28, 4-10) in five innings in an America East game at Orono.

Erin Bogdanovich struck out four batters and walked two while pitching a two-hitter for the Black Bears. Rachel Harvey homered for the third time in the past four games and finished with two hits and two runs scored.

Maine also got two RBIs apiece from Janelle Bouchard and Felicia Lennon. Bouchard also scored a pair of runs.

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