FARMINGTON, Maine -- Thomas College had just two big innings over its two games against the University of Maine at Farmington, but that was enough for the Terriers to post a 6-1 and 3-2 sweep of the Beavers in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader Tuesday at Hippach Field.
UMaine-Farmington nearly avoided the sweep but a seventh-inning comeback bid in game two fell short of the mark.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) belted a double into right-center field, and scored on back-to-back singles by Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine/Medomak Valley) and Brett Wallingford (Sanford, Maine/Sanford).
However Grayson Beressi (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) took a called third strike off a full count after Thomas pitcher Eric Sucy's delivery caught the black of the plate, getting the Terriers out of the jam.
Farmington grabbed the lead in the third after a leadoff double by McCrossin, eventually scoring on a Matt Woodbury (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence) single to left-center.
Thomas answered with a three-run fifth inning on five singles and a walk, giving the Terriers a 3-1 lead. Jeff Richardson (Rochester, N.H.), Derek Kane (Natick, Mass.), and Cody Vigue (Skowhegan, Maine) each laced RBI singles into almost identical locations in right-center to account for the Terrier runs.
Wallingford went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Beavers with one RBI, while Richardson, Vigue, Dillon Emerson (Concord, N.H.), and Thomas Cameron (Jackson, Maine) each had two hits for the Terriers.
Sucy scattered seven hits and fanned four UMF batters in the win for Thomas, while Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) allowed three runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts for the Beavers.
In game one, Thomas had six runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. Vigue laced a two-run single into center field scoring Richardson and Zack Groat (West Bath, Maine), and Emerson plated Vigue and Kane on a double into left field later in the frame.
Farmington avoided the shutout in the fifth, when Beressi singled home Brian Jenkins (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) with a shot into right center.
Thomas starter Isiah Fleming (Fairfield, Maine) allowed just four hits and struck out seven in the complete game win for the Terriers. Ben Pearson (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) started on the hill for the Beavers, and yielded six runs, four earned, in two-and-two-thirds innings on his way to the loss.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Thursday, April 18, when it hosts Lyndon State College in a NAC doubleheader, while Thomas returns home on Thursday to host Husson University.