THOMASVILLE — The Thomas University baseball team defeated No. 24 Webber International University in two of three games this weekend at Varnedoe Stadium.
After winning 4-3 on Friday night, the Night Hawks took the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 14-7, before falling in the second game, 5-4.
TU has won six games over ranked teams this season: No. 24 Keiser, No. 4 Faulkner, No. 4 Georgia Gwinnett (twice) and No. 24 WIU (twice).
Thomas is now 18-17 overall and 4-8 in the Sun Conference.
The Night Hawks’ next five dates are on the road, beginning with No. 8 Middle Georgia State University in Cochran, Ga., on April 2 at 3 p.m.
Thomas scored first with one in the first, then both teams plated two in the second. WIU then scored one run in each inning from the fourth to the eighth, but Thomas put up five in the fifth, and three in each of the sixth and seventh innings, to win 14-7.
Thomas collected 17 hits to WIU’s 13 and the Night Hawks were walked four times and hit by three pitches.
Center fielder Keefer Beaty was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the second and right fielder Randy Heller tagged a two-RBI double and an RBI single, along with one other base hit. Shortstop Chase Hinson also collected three hits with an RBI-double and scored three times.
Pitcher Chance Carter (4-3) struck out five Warriors, and allowed just four earned runs from 12 hits and two walks through seven innings. Clayton Faircloth came in for two innings of relief, striking out two and allowing one earned run from one hit.
Thomas again took the early lead with one run in the first, then added two more in the sixth. WIU scored one in the seventh, then hit a grand slam in the ninth to go ahead 5-3. Heller hit a sac fly to center to score TU’s fourth run, but the Night Hawks left one runner stranded in the 5-4 loss.
Second baseman Luis Martinez was 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Hinson and designated hitter Levi O’Steen each had a pair of hits.
Starter Patrick Haley tossed the first 6 1/3 innings, striking out six while allowing just one run from six hits and four walks. Caleb Rogers came in for 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs, then Hassan Westbrook took the loss after allowing two runs from three hits and a pair of walked batters in 1/3 of an inning.