The Thomas baseball bunch shook off Friday’s doubleheader drop to rout host Northwood, 8-2, on Saturday.
The Night Hawks were on the board through just the third batter when Trey Griffin brought home Jake Desuyo with an RBI double to left centerfield in the first inning. Griffin would score later that inning on a two-out single through the shortstop hole by Jeremy Crosby.
Desuyo picked up an RBI in the fourth inning when he brought home Corey Conway on a two-out single to centerfield.
“They’re a killer,” TU coach Mike Lee said of two out production. “On defense, you’re so close to getting out of the inning, and on offense, it keeps you at the plate. You work the pitch count in your favor, which is so key.”
The Night Hawks, however would leave the bases loaded that inning when Griffin struck out swinging two batters later.
Griffin made up for it in the seventh inning, however, with a two-run homerun that essentially nailed in the coffin.
Thomas allowed just two runs from Northwood in the fourth and seventh innings – both with two outs – but shut the door when Chris Kitlas blasted a three-run homerun in the eighth that all but secured the victory.
“We had a completely different approach at the plate today,” Lee said. “[On Friday], we just weren’t doing the things we’d been working on. Getting those quick runs in the first was key. It really helped set the table for the rest of the game.”
Justin Hicks, who Lee said has developed into a reliable starter in recent weeks, picked up the win from the mound with a 6.2 innings, three-hit performance. The standard No. 3 Evan Morgan, who’d been suffering soreness recently, pitched the final 2.1 innings.
Lee emphasized the importance of not getting swept – especially with just three conference series remaining this season.