HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College baseball split a doubleheader with visiting Thomas College Monday afternoon, falling in game one 1-0 but battling back to take game two 6-1.
With the split the Terriers improve to 9-14 overall and 8-2 in NAC play. The Pilgrims are now 2-14 on the season and pick up their first NAC victory, improving to 1-11 in conference.
In game one the two teams would battle through the opening five innings scoreless before Thomas would open the top of the sixth with a double off the bat of Colby Vigue (Skowhegan, Maine). Vigue would then come around to score on a single over the center fielders head off the bat of Dillon Emerson (Concord, N.H.).
The Pilgrims would threaten in the home half of the seventh inning as Chris Wallace (Manchester, N.H.) and Conor Crouse (West Haven, Conn.) would both reach on errors and Kevin Caputo (Taunton, Mass.) would load the bases with a walk but the Terriers would get the final outs to hold on for the 1-0 victory.
NEC’s Kevin Caputo and Christopher Smith (Raynham, Mass.) each singled twice for the Pilgrims. On the mound for the Pilgrims was Francesco Dire (Barrington, R.I.) who allowed just the one earned run on six hits, while striking out five.
Thomas’ Jeff Richardson (Rochester, N.H.) collected two hits in game one for the Terriers. Picking up the win on the mound was Jake Chamblee (South Berwick, Maine) who allowed five hits and struck out five in six innings of work.
In game two the Pilgrims would explode for four runs in the opening inning and tack on runs in both the second and third inning en route to the 6- 1 victory.
Leading the way for the Pilgrims was Conor Crouse who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Caputo stayed hot for the Pilgrims collecting two hits including a double and drove in a run, while Scott Fortune (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) and Eric Johnson (Whitman, Mass.) each finished game two with two singles.
Picking up the win on the mound for the Pilgrims was Christopher Smith who allowed just one earned run on seven hits and struck out six.