(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – The Thomas More College baseball split a doubleheader with Clark University today (Friday, March 9, 2018) on it's final day of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at the Lake Myrtle Complex. Clark won game one, 2-1, but the Saints won the nightcap, 6-2.
With the split, the Saints are 2-4 and the Cougars are 6-3. The victory in game two was the 1,000th victory in Thomas More baseball history. The Saints have a 1,000-876-4 program record in 60 years and 448 of those victories have come over the last 18 years under head coach Jeff Hetzer.
In the first game, the Saints took a 1-0 in the second inning when junior catcher Sam Hauer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) reached on a double and then scored on a run batted-in fielder's choice by senior third baseman Tyler Smith (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton). The Cougars plated two runs in the fifth and held the Saints scoreless over the final five innings of the game to post the 2-1 victory.
Junior right fielder Joshua Boeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) led the Saints at the plate as he was two-for-four and six other Saints had one hit in the game. Junior pitcher Adam Ruwe (Park Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) suffered the loss on the mound as he pitched five innings and gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits and struck out one. Senior pitcher Brandon Ward (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic) pitched a scoreless sixth inning and struck out one.
In the nightcap, Thomas More scored two runs in the fist, second and sixth innings, while holding the Cougars to one run in the fifth and sixth for the 6-2 victory.
Boeckman again led the Saints at the plate as he was two-for-three with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored. Junior pitcher Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was one-for-two with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.
Lawrence earned the win on the mound as he pitched six innings and gave up two runs (both earned) on four hits and struck out four. Junior pitcher Jonathan Breeden (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
The Saints now return North for the remainder of their schedule. They are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday (March 13) with a 4 p.m. non-conference game with Hanover College at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.