(WASHINGTON, Pa.) – The second-seeded Thomas More College baseball team went 1-1 today (Friday, May 12, 2017) and saw it's run end at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Saints defeated fourth-seeded Thiel College, 6-5, in the first elimination game and then fell, 10-1, to top-seeded Washington & Jefferson College in the second elimination game.
The Saints end the season with a 27-12 overall record.
In the first game of the day, Thomas More scored one run in the first, one in the second and Thiel scored one in the second, one in the third, two in the fifth and one in the seventh to build a 5-2 lead. The Saints plated four runs in the eighth and then held Thiel scoreless in its last two innings at bat for the 6-5 victory.
Senior third baseman Bailey Abbatiello (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) led the Saints at the plate as he was two-for-four with a home run, two runs scored and three runs batted-in. Two other Saints had multiple hits as junior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was two-for-five and sophomore first baseman Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was two-for-three with a run scored and a RBI.
Junior pitcher Jayson Essell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) had a no-decision on the mound as he pitched four innings giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out one. Senior pitcher Josh Cain (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) pitched four innings of relief and gave up one run (earned) on two hits and struck out five. Senior pitcher Ken Ruberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) a shutout nine inning and recorded the save, while striking out one.
In the second game, Washington & Jefferson led 3-0 after six and a half innings as it scored two in the first and one in the seventh, but Thomas More scored one in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-1. W&J then scored two in the eighth and five in the ninth for the 10-1 victory.
Five Saints each had a hit in the game for Thomas More. Junior pitcher Brandon Eliadis (Lawrenceburg, Ky./Anderson County) suffered the loss on the mound as he pitched seven innings giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out two.