BASEBALL FALLS TO THOMAS MORE IN SEASON OPENER, 14-3

March 11, 2011

Box Score

(WINTER HAVEN, Fla.) - The Thomas More College baseball team closed out its Florida swing with a 14-3 win over No. 15-ranked University of Massachusetts-Boston today (Friday, March 11, 2011) on the their final day of the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, Florida. With the win, the Saints improve to 5-0 on the season while the Beacons fall to 0-1 on the year in their first of nine games down in the Sunshine State.

Thomas More scored four runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the eighth, while UMass-Boston plated two runs in the first and one in the seventh.

The Beacons runs came on homeruns by senior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA), a two-run shot in his first at-bat of the 2011 season, and a solo blast by junior centerfielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT) in the seventh frame.

Sophomore Grant Lewis (Mason, Ohio/Mason) earned the win on the mound as he pitched seven innings giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits, while striking out six. Freshman Jake Samad (Burlington, Ky./Conner) pitched the two innings relief as he had two one-two-three innings, including two strikeouts.

On the mound for UMass Boston, freshman right-handed pitcher Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA) made his collegiate debut hurling a perfect inning in relief while fellow rookie right-hander Tyler Kane pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his first career appearance.

The Saints were led at the plate by senior third baseman Sam Schmeltzer (Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn), who went three-for-four with a grand slam, a double, five runs batted-in and three runs scored, junior right fielder Ryan Darner (Burlington, Ky./Covington Catholic), who went one-for-four with a three-run double and a run scored and junior first baseman Andrew Thole (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas), who went two-for-three with a three-run homerun, five RBI and a run scored.

The Beacons return to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 12 when they take on Amherst College in a 7:00 p.m. tilt in Auburndale, FL at Lake Myrtle Park while the Saints return to action on Tuesday, March 15 when they host Hanover College at 3:00 p.m. at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

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