Thomas tumbled out of the Sun Conference Tournament with a pair of blowout losses – 12-0 to St. Thomas and 7-1 to Embry-Riddle – on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Night Hawks were nearly no-hit against the Bobcats until Tyler Palmer, the team’s leading batter, mustered a single in the seventh.
St. Thomas expanded its 3-0 lead with a whopping seven runs on just three hits in the third inning, including three scores that weren’t credited to TU pitcher Thomas Bevis due to an error – TU’s 89th of the season.
The Bobcats padded another pair in the fifth, both scored on RBI hits, to take a 12-0 lead that eventually manifested into a mercy rule win after TU failed to trim the score to ten through seven innings.
Thomas, which only struck out four times, left its only three runners of the evening stranded.
TU pitcher Ben Overman, who assumed the No. 1 starting spot a few weeks ago, was relieved mid-way through the St. Thomas’ juggernaut third inning. Bevis tossed just an inning then paved way for Jordan Sopotnick, who allowed four hits and two unearned runs.
The Night Hawks were eliminated after falling 7-1 to top-seeded Embry-Riddle on Saturday.
The Eagles led off the first inning with a two-run home run by Liam Goodall, then capitalized two innings later on an RBI triple by Kyle Chastain.
Embry-Riddle spread the rest of its scores in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings despite only out-hitting TU by one.
Thomas mustered its only run of the tournament on an error in the eighth inning. Palmer, who was en route to third base when Trey Griffin grounded out, headed home on a wild throw.
The Night Hawks left nine total runners stranded.
Thomas (28-19), which appeared to have mounted momentum by winning nine of its final ten regular season games heading into the tournament, ends its season on a sour note.
Please stay tuned for reaction from coach Mike Lee next week in the Times-Enterprise.