(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College baseball team swept a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader with Westminster College today (Saturday, April 21, 2018) at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Saint won game one, 6-3, and the nightcap 16-13.
With the sweep, the Saints improve to 14-13, while moving into second place in the PAC at 10-4. The Titans fall to 10-10 overall and 4-6 in the PAC.
In the first game, Thomas More scored one in the first, three in the second and two in the eighth, while holding Westminster to a run in the fourth and two in the seventh for the 6-3 victory.
Senior pitcher Jayson Essell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) earned the complete game win as he pitched all nine inning giving up three runs (all earned) on seven hits and striking out three.
Offensively, senior third baseman Tyler Smith (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was three-for-four with two doubles and junior shortstop Jacob Whitford (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) was three-for-four with a double and two runs scored. Senior second baseman Ben Laumann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was one-for-three with a home run, two runs batted-in and three runs scored.
In the nightcap, the Saints scored five runs in the first and never looked back as they added one in the second, six in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seven, while only allowing three runs in the sixth for the 16-3 victory.
On the mound, senior pitcher Brandon Eliadis (Lawrenceburg, Ky./Lawrenceburg) earned the win as he pitched eight innings giving up three runs (all earned) on eight hits and striking out six. First-year pitcher Drew Huffman (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) pitched a scoreless ninth inning and struck out two.
At the plate, first-year left fielder Brady Reynolds (White Oak, Ohio/LaSalle) was three-for-three with two RBI and three runs scored. Smith was two-for-five with two RBI and a run scored and Whitford was two-for-three with a RBI and three runs scored.
Thomas More returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Franklin, Indiana for a non-conference doubleheader with Franklin College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.