Thomas More Splits Series Opening Doubleheader With Thiel

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(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - The Thomas More College baseball team split a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader with Thiel College today (Saturday, April 28, 2012) in a three-game series opener at Tomcat Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

With the split the Saints are now 24-11 overall and 12-8 in the PAC and the Tomcats are 16-20 overall and 9-11 in the PAC.

In the first game of the day, Thiel scored one in the first, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the bottom of the seventh and held Thomas More to two in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth for the 8-7 victory.

Thomas More had four players have multiple hits in the game as junior shortstop David Kennett (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) was two-for-four with a run batted-in and a run scored, senior first baseman Andrew Thole (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) was two-for-two with a double, two RBI and a run scored,  sophomore designated hitter Travis Miller (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) was two-for-three with a double and two runs scored and freshman catcher Brad Popham (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) was two-for-four with two RBI and two runs scored.

Senior pitcher Aaron Carmack (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) started on the mound and pitched five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and earned a no-decision.  Junior David Etscheid (Union, Ky./Ryle) suffered the loss as he pitched one and one-third innings of relief and gave up four runs (all earned) on four hits.

The second game of the day was tied 5-5 after seven innings as the Saints cored one in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Thiel plated five in the second.  In the top of the 10th, Thole hit a two-run home run in left center field to put the Saints up 7-5 and Thomas More held Thiel scoreless in the bottom half of the inning for the 7-5 victory.

Etscheid earned the win as he pitched two shutout innings of relief and gave up one hit and struck out two.  Freshman Tim Baldrick (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had a no-decision as he started and pitched eight innings giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and struck out five.

Kennett led the team at the plate as he was four-for-six with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.  Three other Saints had multiple hits in the game as junior designated hitter Ryan Darner (Burlington, Ky./Covington Catholic) was three-for-six with two runs scored, Miller was two-for-three and freshman left fielder Nick Connor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-six with a run scored.

The Saints and Tomcats will close out the series tomorrow (Sunday, April 29) with a single nine-inning game.  First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Tomcat Park.