BABSON PARK, Fla. —
The Night Hawks notched just four hits in 32 at bats after entering the series with a .361 team average.
The Night Hawks trailed 1-0 through four innings before the Warriors tacked on two in the fifth with a squeeze bunt and later a wild throw by first baseman Josh Brujin.
Thomas pitcher Kurtis Gens again pitched a complete game, allowing the six runs on nine hits.
The Warriors utilized opportunites when they were presented. They got the lead runner on base in three innings and scored in each instance.
“You’ve got to be able to execute plays and we didn’t do that,” he said. “We had one bad throw tonight and it cost us a run and another bobble that probably cost us a run. Other than that, when it came to a set play they were running, we just didn’t perform on defense. That’s stuff we’ve been working on and will continue to work on.”
“We didn’t get too up about 3-0 [in the conference] and we’re trying not to get too down about losing the first one. We can sweep the doubleheader tomorrow and still be leading the conference. I don’t have a problem with that.”
The Night Hawks will send Ben Overman to the mound in game one, who has been formidable in his two appearances thus far. He’s thrown 15 innings and only allowed six hits and one run. Overman also threw a complete game shutout in Thomas’ season opening doubleheader against Montreat two weeks ago.