MOBILE, Ala. —
Mike Lee seemed particularly grouchy when speaking of Thomas’ pair of doubleheader losses to Spring Hill on Tuesday.
The Night Hawks mustered just seven hits in the 3-2 and 9-3 defeats after scoring a combined 12 runs in Saturday’s wins at Webber International.
“We were terrible at the plate today,” Lee said. “Mid-week, we ought to be swinging it better. We’re seeing good pitching, but not top of the line.”
Thomas jumped to a 2-1 lead in Game 1 before the Badgers responded with a pair of one-run outings in the fifth and sixth innings to take the lead.
Thomas went hitless in the final two innings despite an inkling of a rally.
“We had opportunities and didn’t get it done,” Lee said. “They were giving us help and we weren’t doing our part.”
Junior Justin Hicks pitched the all six innings for the Night Hawks in his fourth outing of the season.
Game 2 was the more lopsided affair.
Thomas dug itself into a 7-0 deficit through the first two innings and couldn’t rally late.
Freshman pitcher Thomas Bevis (0-1), making just his second career start, held the mound for a mere eight batters over 1.1 innings after allowing five runs on four hits.
Thomas also allowed its first home run of the season.
The Night Hawks got on the board with a run in the third and then two in the seventh, but it was too little too late.
“We had no pitching to start the second game,” Lee said. “And the way we were swinging, you just can’t come back from that. When you know you’re not swinging the bat well and struggling offensively, it makes it near impossible to rally.”
“You just can’t afford to make the mistakes we did.”
The Night Hawks make a much anticipated return home this weekend after a three-week road outing.
Thomas will host defending NAIA national champion and No. 1 Faulkner in a 4 p.m. contest on Friday and a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.
Lee said the early season challenge – the Night Hawks are just three weeks into their 12 week schedule – will help him gauge where his team stands.
“Hopefully it’ll help us with some things we’ve been struggling with,” Lee said. “We’re not adjusting well on the road with things we need to do. We need to fix them and make them habits.”