(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College baseball teams split a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader today (Sunday, May 7, 2017) with Bethany College at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Saints won game one, 3-2, and the Bison won the nightcap, 7-5.
With the split, the Saints end the regular season at 26-10 overall and 15-7 in the PAC and the Bison are now 14-22-1 overall and 8-14 in the PAC. Thomas More will be the No. 2 seed in next week's PAC Championship Tournament, which will be host by Washington & Jefferson College May 11-13. The PAC office will announce game times Monday evening.
In the first game of the day, Bethany took a 1-0 lead after five innings and Thomas More answered with three runs in the sixth to take a 3-1. Bethany would plate a run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as the Saints won the game 3-2.
Junior pitcher Jayson Essell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a no-decision as he pitched four shutout innings giving up five hits, while striking out one. Senior pitcher Josh Cain (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) earned the win as he pitched two innings giving up one run (unearned) on three hits. Senior pitcher Ken Ruberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) earned the save as he pitched one inning giving up one run (earned) on three hits and striking out two.
Sophomore shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) led the Saints at the plate as he was two-for-three with a run scored and a run batted-in.
In the nightcap, Bethany scored seven runs in the third and two in the fifth and held Thomas More to one run in the third and four in the seventh for the 7-5 victory.
Senior center fielder Casey Metzger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) led the Saints' offense as he was three-for-four with two runs scored. Junior pitcher Brandon Eliadis (Lawrenceburg, Ky./Anderson County) suffered the loss as he pitched two and a third innings and gave up five runs (all unearned) on four hits.