(WINTER HAVEN, Fla.) – The Thomas More College baseball team plated 13 runs today (Friday, March 10, 2017) as it defeated the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, 13-9, on the final day of the Central Florida Invitational at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, Florida.
With the win, the Saints return North with a 4-1 record. With the loss, UMass – Dartmouth falls to 1-1. UMass – Dartmouth led 7-1 after four innings, but the Saints rallied and scored on the fifth, six in the sixth, three in the eighth and two in the ninth to take a 13-7 lead. UMass – Dartmouth could only score two runs in the ninth as Thomas More won the game 13-9.
The Saints were led at the plate by junior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), who was four-for-six with two doubles, two runs scored and two runs batted-in. Five other Saints had multiple hits in the game as senior right fielder Ben Kenning (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-five with a double, a run scored and four RBI, sophomore first baseman Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-five with a RBI, sophomore catcher Sam Hauer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-five with a run scored and a RBI, sophomore left fielder Joshua Boeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-five with two doubles and a run scored and Junior third baseman Bailey Abbatiello (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) was two-for-four with three runs and a RBI.
First-year pitcher Griffin Smallwood (Lakeside Park, Ky./Dixie Heights) had his first collegiate start and had a no-decision as he pitched four innings giving up seven runs (all earned) on nine hits, while striking out three. Junior pitcher Noah Frantz (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) earned the win as he pitched two and a third shutout innings of relief and gave up two hits, while striking out three.
Thomas More is scheduled to host traditional rival Hanover College on Tuesday (March 14) at 4 p.m. at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.