|Thomas College||New England College|
The Pilgrims opened game two strong, as designated hitter, Conor Crouse opened the bottom of the first with a lead-off triple and came around to score on a single by Vargas. Vargas would then steal second and third and scored on a double by Jameson Carey for the early 2-0 lead.
NEC’s starting pitcher Selah Dalomba pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the first but struggled in the second as he hit the lead-off batter, who eventually came around to score one of Thomas’s three runs in the inning. Dalomba was pulled after one-and-two-thirds for Joseph Pascucci, who tossed 1.1 innings before Carey took over on the mound.
The Pilgrims took the lead briefly in the bottom of the fifth. Aneury Lara and Luis Atiles reached on a bunt single and a sac-bunt error, respectively, to put runners on first and second with no outs. Lara scored from second on a single up the middle by Delaney, and Atiles came around to score on a one-out groundout to by Backert.
Thomas would tie it up at 4-4 in the top of the sixth as lead-off batter Antonio Martinez (Coral Springs, Fla.) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sac-bunt, and came around to score on an infield single by Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas). The Terriers held NEC scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, sending the game into the seventh inning tied for the second time on the day.
Thomas capitalized on an NEC fielding error and a walk before rattling off back-to-back doubles by Martinez and Vinall to plate three runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-4 advantage.
NEC’s lead-off batter Lara walked and moved to second on a groundout to third by Atiles, but attempted to move up on a passed ball and was thrown out at third for the second out of the inning.
Vargas singled to shortstop and came around to score as Delaney tripled to right-center, who also trotted across the plate on a single by Backert. NEC put two runners on as Carey drew a walk, forcing Thomas to bring in Taylor Bacon (Skowhegan, Maine) to pitch, who pitched Castillo into a groundout to end the game.
NEC tallied 10 hits on the day as Crouse, Vargas, Delaney and Carey all had two-hit days.
Carey took the loss on the mound, scattering four hits, four runs (one earned), two walks and five strikeouts over four innings.
Thomas’s Matt Rutherford (Saco, Maine) earned the win, scattering 10 runs, six runs (five earned), three walks and three strikeouts over 6.2 innings.