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April 5, 2014

No camouflaging offense: TU wins doubleheader over Edward Waters

THOMASVILLE —

Thomas continued its offensive stride with a pair of convincing wins over visiting Edward Waters on Saturday.

The Night Hawks took Game 1, 3-2, and Game 2, 9-3.

Thomas scored in the first inning of Game 1 when Austin Palmer notched a sacrifice fly to bring Jake Desuyo in, then allowed two Edward Waters runs in the seventh and eighth on a fielder’s choice and wild throw, respectively. 

Trailing by a run in the eighth, Thomas loaded the bases when Desuyo singled, Chris Kitlas was hit by a pitch and Palmer reached on a bunt. Clean-up batter Josh Bruijn then singled on the ensuing play to bring Desuyo home, and Trey Griffin followed with a sacrifice fly to take the lead.

John Gainey, who allowed the pair Edward Waters runs, wound up winning the game from the mound with a 1.2 inning, three strikeout performance after Ben Overman tossed the first 6.1 innings.

The Night Hawks managed to overcome four errors in Game 1, which brought their season total to 65 (1.7 per game).

Thomas broke out the bats in Game 2, with nine runs on 11 hits.

Griffin led off the second inning with a solo homerun, then Brandon Singer scored on a sacrifice fly and Corey Conway scored on an RBI by Desuyo to give the Night Hawks an early 3-0 lead.

After allowing a pair of scores from Edward Waters in the third, Thomas scored one in the fourth on a Singer double, and churned in five in the fourth on an RBI single by Bruijn, an RBI double by Griffin, and an RBI triple by Singer.

The Night Hawks allowed just one more run from the Tigers in the sixth, and held on to secure the win.

Thomas (22-16, 14-7) has now won five of its last six, and eyes a road tilt against Auburn-Montgomery in Ozark, Ala. on Tuesday – its second to last non-conference and road game of the year.

The Night Hawks return to Varnedoe Field the next two weekends for a pair of Sun Conference series against Warner and St. Thomas, one of the three teams ahead in the standings.

Thomas, which has all but locked up a spot in the six-team Sun Conference Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. the first weekend in May, will look to keep momentum with the season coming to a close.

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