Back-to-back errors in the fifth inning led to three St. Thomas runs – and an eventual 6-1 win – over Thomas on Friday.
TU shortstop Jake Desuyo bobbled a routine grounder with two outs that loaded the bases and prefaced a three-RBI triple during the ensuing at-bat when Desuyo overthrow first baseman Josh Bruijn. The Bobcats churned in five total runs that inning on two hits – all of which were unearned.
“He was just trying to make a tough play to get us out of the inning,” TU coach Mike Lee said of Desuyo’s miscues. “But when you have back-to-back errors with guys on base, you’ll pay for it – and we did.”
The Night Hawks couldn’t compensate their defensive woes at the plate, and mustered just five hits and one run in the final inning when Brandon Singer brought home Corey Conway on a one-out single.
Yet Thomas out-hit St. Thomas by two hits despite allowing six runs.
“We did exactly what we couldn’t afford to do – walk people and make errors,” Lee said. “We didn’t make the offensive adjustments that we needed to get ourselves back.”
Ben Overman tossed 89 pitches during his 5.1 innings from the hill – a heavy dose with respect to the duration, Lee said.
John Gainey assumed the mound mid-way through the sixth a batter prior to TU’s back-to-back errors. Gainey threw the final 3.2 innings and allowed no hits, walks or runs.
“He’s been as reliable as anyone we’ve had all year,” Lee said of the senior ace, who boasts a team-low 1.93 ERA. “We’re going to miss having him around next year.”
Thomas concludes its St. Thomas series – and regular season – with Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Night Hawks plan to honor their seniors – Gainey, Kurt Gens, Trey Griffin, Chris Kitlas and Andrew Crane – between games.