WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Thomas College baseball team came up short in a 5-3 loss to Keuka College on Tuesday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park.
In the loss, the Terriers now sit at 1-11 (1-1 NAC) on the season while the Wolves improve to 3-7 on their spring trip.
Junior Brandon Hubbard (New Gloucester, Maine) took the mound for the Terriers, keeping the Wolves' offense quiet through the first three innings.
Keuka got a run on the board in the top of the fourth as an infield single by Rob LaRue scored Dan Bamann for an early 1-0 lead.
The Terriers tied the game up in the bottom half of the fifth as a double to left field by Jason Gervacio (Providence, R.I.) brought in Hank Vinall (Blue Hill, Maine) who reached earlier on a fielder's choice.
In the top of the seventh, the Wolves took advantage of two big errors from the Terriers to bring in two unearned runs, taking a 3-1 lead.
Thomas cut the lead down to one in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double to left center by Kyle Fletcher (Monmouth, Maine) to plate Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H.). With runners in scoring position and one out, Wolves' pitcher Ryan Caroway pulled off back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.
Keuka added another run in eight and ninth on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Jake Redding. Thomas pushed one run across in the eight as Corbett grounded out to first base, allowing Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine) to score after leading the inning off with a triple.
Relief pitcher Dave Verrett sat the Terriers down in order in the ninth to finish the game at 5-3.
Hubbard was given the loss for Thomas after throwing seven innings, allowing seven hits and three runs (one earned). Caroway earned the victory for Keuka with seven innings of work and two runs allowed on four hits.
The Terriers will complete their spring trip on Wednesday, March 29 as they face DePauw at 11:00 a.m.