(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Ohio Northern University today (Sunday, March 19, 2017) at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Ohio Northern won game one, 3-2, and Thomas More won game two, 10-3.
With the split, Thomas More is now 5-3 and the Polar Bears are 8-5.
In the first game, ONU scored one in the first and one in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead and the Saints scored one in the seventh and one in the ninth as ONU won the game 3-2. On the mound, junior Brandon Eliadis (Lawrenceburg, Ky./Anderson County) suffered the loss as he pitched seven innings giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out 11 Polar Bears. Senior Josh Cain (Cold Springs, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) pitched two shutout innings of relief and only gave up one hit.
Two Saints had multiple hits in the game as sophomore left fielder Joshua Boeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-four with a double and sophomore catcher Sam Hauer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-four with a double and a run scored.
In the nightcap the Saints scored two in the first, two in the sixth, five in the seventh and one in the eight, while holding ONU to one run in the third, one in the sixth and one in the eighth for the 10-3 win. The Saints were led at the plate by junior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), who was three-for-three with a home run, three runs scored and three runs batted-in. Boeckman was two-for-four with a run scored and a RBI, sophomore shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas,Ky./Highlands) was two-for-four with a double and a RBI and first-year catcher Matt Wellbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was two-for-four with two runs scored and a RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Ethan Kramer (Sunman, Ind./East Central) had a no decision as he pitched four innings giving up one run (earned) on two hits and struck out four. Junior pitcher Brandon Ward (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic) earned the win as he pitched four innings of relief and gave up one run (earned) and didn't allow a hit, while striking out six.
Thomas More returns to the diamond tomorrow when it travels to Danville, Kentucky to play in-state rival Centre College at 5 p.m.