2012 FINAL RECORD : 21-31
2012 FINAL AII RANKING: 3
2012 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: RV
2012 National Tournament Game Schedule
Gulf Shores, AL
May 17: Oklahoma University (8) vs. Thomas (0) - 4:00PM
May 18: Williams Baptist (3) vs. Thomas (0) - 3:30PM
May 19: Webber International (9) vs. Thomas (6) - 1:00PM
Night Hawks held scoreless again on Day Two
May 18, 2012
The Night Hawks were once again held scoreless on Day Two of Pool Play in Gulf Shores, AL., falling to #14 Williams Baptist (AR) 3-0.
Alyssa Bork collected her second hit of the tournament, and Briana Dworak singled as well for TU, but 9 strikeouts killed any momentum for TU (21-30). The third inning proved to be the game for WBU (51-9). Two errors on the same play led to a WBU runner advancing to third. A walk and a groundout later, a squeeze bunt scored the first run, Williams Baptist plated the final two runs on a single and a double. Alexa Fair (8-9) pitched the complete game, allowing 3 earned runs and a walk, while striking out two.
TU will complete pool play tomorrow with a 1pm game against future Sun Conference foe Webber International.
Stars outshine Night Hawks on Day One of Pool Play at National Tournament
May 17, 2012
The third ranked Oklahoma City Stars (41-18) proved to be too much for the Night Hawks (21-29) on Day One of the NAIA National Tournament at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, AL winning 8-0.
The Stars scored 3 runs in the first inning, 3 more in the second, and one more in the third, all credited against TU starter Alexa Fair (8-8). OCU tacked on more against reliever Rachel Ivancic in the seventh. With 2 out in the top of the first, Meagean DeLaTorre ripped a double to left past a diving Sorrel Hale to drive in the first two runs for OCU. Jamie Raetliff followed with a single to center to stretch the lead to 3-0. TU bounced back to threaten in the bottom of the first, but Courtney Campbell was cut down at home trying to score on a wild pitch, followed by Heather Marlowe's strikeout to end the inning.
In the second inning, OCU added 3 more runs on 3 hits, a walk, and an error to make the score 6-0. OCU pitcher Lily Lavelle (14 K, 2 BB) would homer in the 3rd to stretch the lead to 7-0. Ivancic would pitch the last four innings, allowing 4 hits and one run. Campbell, Fair, and Alyssa Bork each had hits for TU.
The Night Hawks return to action Friday at 3:30pm EST against #14 Williams Baptist.
TU Softball National Tournament Seedings and Pool Play Schedule
May 9, 2012
Thomas Softball (21-28) received the 4th seed in Pool C of the 2012 NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, AL. May 17-23.
Round one will feature 8 pools of 4 schools with each team playing one game per day May 17-19. The winner of the pool will advance to Round Two in a eight team double elimination format, in an effort to crown the 2012 Champion. TU will play one game per day, opening up against the top seed in pool C Oklahoma City University (40-18) on Thursday at 4:00PM EST. OCU is making their 21st straight appearance and have won more post season games (103) than any other team in the field of 32 schools. One day two, the Lady Night Hawks will face Williams Baptist University at 3:30PM EST. TU will wrap up pool play against future Sun Conference foe Webber International University (37-20) on Saturday May 19 at 1:00PM EST.
The Lady Night Hawks are making their first appearance at the National Tournament since 2007 and their 5th over the last ten years. You can follow the ladies in pool play action May 17-19 via Live Stats by clicking HERE. For a complete bracket of the National Tournament click HERE.
2012 A.I.I. Tournament Game Schedule
Thursday, May 3
Game 1: Jamestown (2) vs. Dickinson State (4) - 11 a.m.
Game 2: Louisiana Alexandria (0) vs. Thomas (4) - 1:30 p.m.
Game 3: Cal State (7) vs. Dickinson State (2) - 4 p.m.
Game 4: Houston Victoria (4) vs. Thomas (3) - 6:30 p.m. 8 Innings
Game 5: Dickinson (3) vs. Louisiana Alexandria (2) - 11 a.m.
Game 6: Thomas (8) vs. Jamestown (3) - 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Cal State (10) vs. Houston Victoria (0) - 4 p.m.
Game 8: Louisiana Alexandria (0) vs. Thomas (2) - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
Game 9: Thomas (4) vs. Houston Victoria (0) - 11 a.m.
Game 10: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Cal State (9) vs. Thomas (0)
Cal State - 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament Champions
#1 Cal State Takes 2012 A.I.I. Softball Conference Tournament
May 5, 2012
Top seeded California State University - San Marcos (50-4) showed it's #2 National Ranking in yet another dominant victory, capturing the 2012 A.I.I. Softball Conference Tournament this afternoon in Columbus, GA.
CSUSM defeated the host Thomas University Lady Night Hawks (21-28), 9-0, allowing only three hits along the way. The Cougars hit three home runs in the game, senior third baseman Theresa Houle (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) led the way with two of her own. On the mound, it was the Tournament Most Valuable Player, junior pitcher Cortney Allen, that was once again proved to be untouchable after tossing six innings of scoreless ball keeping her tourney era at .000.
Cal State advances to the 2012 NAIA National Tournament as the A.I.I. Champion, while TU receives the At Large bid. The National Tournament will be held in Gulf Shores, AL May 17-23.
Softball Continues "Fair - y" Tale Run
May 5, 2012
Thomas Softball (21-27) continued their "Fair - y" Tale run thru the 2012 A.I.I. Softball Conference Tournament with a 4-0 win over #2 seeded University of Houston - Victoria (39-8) behind the dominant right arm of sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair.
TU used timely hitting, converting eight hits into four runs. Thomas opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first with run scoring singles by senior catcher Heather Marlowe (1-4, R, RBI) and sophomore left fielder Sorrel Hale (1-2, RBI). Marlowe now has four RBI's in tourney play. In the fourth, the Lady Night Hawks extended their lead with two more runs on a base hit by sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (1-3, 2 RBI). The four runs would be all the support that Fair needed, going all the way for her third shutout of the tournament and improving her record to 8-7.
The win advances Thomas into the A.I.I. Tournament Championship Game against #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos. The tournament champion and runner up both qualify for the 2012 NAIA National Tournament May 17-23 in Gulf Shores, AL. TU will make their first appearence since 2007 and their 5th in ten years. Thomas won the NAIA National Championship in 2004.
Fair Keeps TU Alive in A.I.I.
May 4, 2012
Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (7-7) tossed a two hitter to eliminate Lousiana State University - Alexandria (24-18) with a 2-0 shutout in game eight of the A.I.I. Softball Conference Tournament.
TU (20-27) scored two third inning runs on a run scoring single by senior second baseman Morgan Howard (1-3, 2 RBI) to break a scoreless tie and Fair took over from the there. The game feautured outstanding pitching on both sides with the teams combining for only seven hits total. Fair allowed two hits over seven innings and is sporting a 1.02 ERA over 27.1 innings of work in the tourney.
The Lady Night Hawks will face #2 seeded University of Houston - Victoria tomorrow morning at 11AM, in game nine, for a spot in the A.I.I. championship game and a automatic bid to the 2012 NAIA National Tournament on the line. Winner of game nine will face top seeded Cal State in the Championship Game. The tournaments top two finishers receive bids to the National Tournament in Decatur, AL.
Top Seed Cal State Rolls
May 4, 2012
Top seeded California State University - San Marcos (49-4) rolled to a 10-0 six inning run rule victory over #2 University of Houston - Victoria (39-7) in game seven of the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
A five run sixth for CSUSM put an exclamation point on a game that had been decided in the first three innings. Cal State hit three home runs and had four batters drive in two runs a piece. A.I.I. player of the year Alyssa Dronenburg (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) is now batting .600 with four RBI's in the tournament. Junior starting pitcher Cortney Allen was dominated once again limiting UHV to only one hit and has not allowed a run in 11.1 innings of work in the tournaments first two games.
UHV will face the winner of this evenings elimination game, tomorrow morning at 11AM for a spot in the championship game. Cal State has booked their spot in the championship game tomorrow at 1:30PM.
Lady Night Hawks End Season For Jamestown College
May 4, 2012
The Lady Night Hawks (19-27) ended the season for Jamestown College (28-23) with a 8-3 victory, eliminating JC from the A.I.I. Softball Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair did it at all today, driving in two runs with a first inning and going six innings to improve her record to 6-7. Senior catcher Heather Marlowe (2-4, R, 2 RBI) continued her excellent tournament play driving in three runs. Sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB) scored and drove in two runs.
TU will move into game 8 this evening at 6:30PM and face LSUA in an elimination game.
LSUA Eliminates #5 DSU
May 4, 2012
Louisiana State University - Alexandria (24-17) eliminated #5 Dickinson State University (28-23) with a 3-2 victory in the first elimination game of day two at the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
LSUA sophomore starting pitcher Logan Hebert (13-6) struck out the games final batter ending a DSU threat, stranding the game tying run on third. Junior shortstop Mallory Waggoner (1-3, 2 RBI) gave LSUA a three run first inning lead with a two run scoring single. Dickinson made it a two run game with a third inning solo home run by junior first baseman Kristy Ortiz (2-2, R, HR, 2 RBI).
Dickinson ends their season while LSUA advances to game #8 and will face the winner of game six this evening at 6:30PM.
Lady Night Hawks Fall to #2 Houston - Victoria
May 3, 2012
The Lady Night Hawks (18-27) tied the game in the seventh but fell 4-3 to #2 University of Houston - Victoria (39-6) in eight innings at the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
UHV opened the game with three runs in their half of the first but TU settled down after an early pitching change leaving the bases loaded with what would prove to be costly runs later in the game. Thomas got a run back in the fourth to make it a two run ball game. With one out in the top of the seventh, junior pinch hitter Alyssa Bork (1-1, R) slapped a base hit and would come around to score on a UHV throwing error. Freshman pinch runner Ashley Knight would score from third on a passed ball to tie the game at three. Thomas ended a Houston Victoria rally in the bottom half of the inning to force extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth UHV would once again get runners on but this time would bring in the game winning run with a walk off base hit to left. TU sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (5-7) took the loss, while Houston Victoria junior relief pitcher Dawn Villegas (15-4) picked up the win after tossing four innings out of the pen and allowing two unearned runs on only two hits.
TU will need to win tomorrow afternoon when they face Jamestown College at 1:30PM to stay alive in the tourney. UHV moves on to game seven and will face top seeded Cal State at 4PM.
NAIA #2 Cal State Hands Dickinson First Tourney Loss
May 3, 2012
NAIA #2 and the tournaments #1 seed, California State University - San Marcos (48-4), handed Dickinson State University (28-22) it's first loss of the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
Cal State used a five run second inning to take control of the game after a scoreless first. Freshman second baseman Olivia Lucatuorto (2-4, 2 RBI, HR) had the big hit in the second with a two run shot over the left center field fence. The game was delayed one hour after two innings due to an afternoon thunderstorm that rolled thru the Columbus area. Junior starting pitcher Cortney Allen (18-4) tossed 5 1/3 innings in the winning effort, allowing no runs while scattering three hits.
CSUSM will face the winner of game 4 tomorrow at 4PM. DSU and LSUA will match up in the tournaments first elimination game tomorrow at 11AM.
TU Defeats #3 LSU-A
May 3, 2012
TU (18-26) defeated #3 Louisiana State University - Alexandria (23-17), 4-0, on Thursday afternoon in game two of the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament.
A three run third inning for the Lady Night Hawks proved to be enough adding a seventh inning insurance run. Back to back doubles by sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) and junior center fielder Kortney Campbell (2-3, R, 2B, RBI) plated the games first two runs. Senior second baseman Morgan Howard (1-3, RBI) extended TU's lead with a run scoring single. With runs on the board, sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (5-6) took care of the rest limiting LSUA to only three hits in the complete game shutout.
The Lady Night Hawks advance to play #2 University of Houston - Victoria in game four this evening at 6:30PM. LSUA will face the loser of game 3 tomorrow morning at 11AM in game #5.
#5 Dickinson Tops #4 Jamestown in Day One Action
May 3, 2012
Fifth Seeded Dickinson State University (28-21) topped #4 Jamestown College (28-22), 4-2, in day one action of the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
DSU broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the sixth and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh for a three run lead. Jamestown rallied for a run in the home half of the seventh, stranding the tying run on first. Dickinson senior third baseman Jessica Huseby (0-2, BB, 2 RBI) drove in two runs. Junior starting pitcher Taysia Kaufman (12-11) went all the way doe DSU allowing two runs (one earned) for the win.
Jamestown moves into the loser's bracket and will play tomorrow at 1:30PM against the loser of game #4. DSU faces #1 California State University - San Marcos this afternoon at 4PM in game #3.
Dworak Named 2nd Team A.I.I.
May 3, 2012
Sophomore infielder Brianna Dworak was named to the Association of Independent Institutions All Conference Second Team last night at the Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
Dworak is currently batting .403 with ten runs batted in and a .532 slugging percentage. The native of Glendora, CA was the only Lady Night Hawk recognized as an All Conference performer.
TU, seeded #4, will face #3 Louisiana State University - Alexandria at 1:30PM today in round one action of the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament in Columbus, GA.
Thomas to Host Softball Championships
May 2, 2012
(Courtesy of A.I.I. Sports Information)
Thomas University will play host to the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions Softball Championships set for May 3-5 in Columbus, Ga.
California State University-San Marcos and the University of Houston Victoria earned the top two seeds in the tournament that will be held at South Commons. Along with host Thomas, also in the field will be LSU-Alexandria, Jamestown College and Dickinson State.
CSUSM comes into the tournament as the defending A.I.I. champion and ranked No. 2 in the national in the NAIA Top 25 Softball Coaches Top 25 poll and a 47-4 record. UHV, 38-6, will come into the tournament ranked No. 9 in the nation.
The tournament gets under way Thursday at 11 a.m. (EST) when Jamestown meets Dickinson. LSU-A and Thomas will meet in Game 2 at 1:30 p.m. Top-seed CSUSM will meet the Jamestown-Dickinson state winner in a 4 p.m. contest, while second-seeded UHV will get the LSUA-Thomas winner in a 6:30 p.m. contest.
Action resumes on Friday in the double-elimination tournament with games set for 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Championship day is set for Saturday as play swings into action at 11 a.m. The championship game is set for 1:30 p.m., with a Game 2, if necessary, to follow at 4 p.m.
The top two teams will receive automatic bids to the 32nd annual NAIA National Championships set for May 17-23 in Gulf Shores, Al.
Senior Day Victory for Softball, Game Two Rained Out
April 21, 2012
Softball (17-26) sent off their seniors with a victory over Edward Waters College (10-20) in game one of a double header at Armory Field. Game two was cancelled due to an afternoon thunderstorm.
TU breezed thru a five inning 9-1 run rule victory collecting eight hits and limiting EWC to only two hits. Senior second baseman Morgan Howard (2-2, R, 3 RBI) had a memorable final home game with three runs batted in. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (6-13) tossed four innings and allowed one earned run in the victory. TU's other senior, catcher Heather Marlowe (0-3, RBI) also drove in a run. Marlowe and Howard both transferred to TU for their junior season after playing their first two years at Southern Union State College in Alabama. Howard leads the Lady Night Hawks with 18 runs batted in this season and has driven in forty runs over the past two seasons. Marlowe is second on the team with 18 walks.
Thomas will now begin preparations for the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Tournament, to be hosted by Thomas University May 3-5 in Columbus, GA. Tournament seeding and game times will be announced later this week.
Lady Night Hawks Win in Eight
April 18, 2012
The Lady Night Hawks (16-26) defeated the visiting University of South Carolina - Beaufort Sand Sharks (28-8) in eight innings on Wednesday afternoon at Armory Field.
Down 2-0, TU took the lead with four runs in their half of the fifth on runs batted in by sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (3-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) and senior catcher Heather Marlowe (1-3, R, 2B, 3 RBI). USCB tied the game at four in the top of the sixth and neither team was able to plate the go ahead run in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings. TU loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth and scored what seemed to be the game winning run with a walk off base on balls. With TU celebrating the victory and USCB clearing the field in defeat, the batter was called out on a technicality after a brief discussion between the umpires and the Sand Sharks Head Coach. TU Head Softball Coach, Bill Wilson, then entered the scene and pleaded his case with the umpires leading to another overturning of the call and a 5-4 victory for the Lady Night Hawks. Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (4-6) went all the way for the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.
TU will wrap up their regular season with Senior Day on Saturday April 21 at Armory Field. The Lady Night Hawks will square off in a double header beginning against Edward Waters beginning at 1PM.
NAIA #19 AUM Sweeps Thomas
April 14, 2012
NAIA #19 Auburn University - Montgomery (28-16) swept Thomas (15-26), 0-12 & 0-3, in a double header on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery, AL.
In a game one five inning run rule defeat TU was limited to two hits. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (5-13) took the loss. After three scoreless innings in game two, AUM took control of the game with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. It would prove to be enough as the Lady Night Hawks struggled to mount any rallies at the dish, being held at bay once again with only three hits. Freshman pitcher Lindsay Tompkins (4-6) battled tough but surrendered three earned runs on seven hits, suffering her sixth defeat of the year.
The Lady Night Hawks will host the University of South Carolina - Beaufort, in their second to last double header of the regular season, on Wednesday April 18th at 2PM.
TU Splits with NCAA D2 GSW
April 13, 2012
TU (15-24) split a double header, 7-6 & 0-6, with the visiting NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (21-27) on Friday afternoon at Armory Field.
Sophomore first baseman Kaley Clark (1-3, 2 RBI) singled to shallow left, to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth of game one. TU had gone down a run in the top of the inning but tied the game in the bottom half of the inning before Clark ended it in walk off fashion. GSW tied the game at six with a two out run scoring single that sent the game into extra innings. Junior center fielder Kortney Campbell (2-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB) drove in two runs. Freshman relief pitcher Lindsay Tompkins (4-5) picked up the win out of the pen with 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing one earned run on three hits. GSW broke open game two with five runs in the sixth and tacked on another in the seventh. TU committed three errors and were limited to five hits. Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (3-6) suffered the loss.
Thomas will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to Montgomorey, AL to face NAIA #19 Auburn University - Montgomery in a double header beginning at 3PM EST.
Softball Takes Two
April 7, 2012
Softball (14-23), took two games on Saturday afternoon in a double header against College of Coastal Georgia (4-18) at Armory Field.
Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (5-12) limited CCG to only two hits over 5 1/3 innings of work for the 6-1 game one win. Junior center fielder Kortney Campbell (2-4, 3 SB, 2 RBI) drove in two runs and stole three bases. In game two TU broke a tied ball game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, propelling the Lady Night Hawks to a 5-3 win and their fourth double header sweep of the season. Freshman starting pitcher Lindsay Tompkins (3-5) won her third game of the year with a complete game effort, allowing three runs (two earned) while scattering ten hits. Three different Lady Night Hawks drove in runs, freshman left fielder Ashley Knight (2-3, RBI) and sophomore right fielder Jessie Turner (2-4, R) each had two hits.
Thomas next welcomes NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University to Armory Field for a double header on Friday April 13th beginning at 2PM.
Lady Night Hawks Swept
April 6, 2012
Shorter University (32-6) swept a Friday afternoon double header, 1-3 & 1-10, from the Lady Night Hawks (12-23) at Armory Field.
TU will look to rebound tomorrow when they face College of Coastal Georgia at Armory Field. Game one of the double header is set to begin at 2PM.
Softball Rained Out
April 5, 2012
This afternoon's softball game against Albany State University in Albany, GA was rained out. A reschedule date was not announced.
The ladies will be at home tomorow for a double header against Shorter University beginning at 1PM.
Thomas Ends Road Trip With Split
March 25, 2012
Thomas softball (12-21) ender their road trip with a double header split in Brunswick, GA against College of Coastal Georgia (4-16).
Coastal Georgia topped TU 4-3 in game one, capitalizing on four Lady Night Hawk errors that led to three unearned runs. Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (3-4) suffered the tough loss, tossing 6 1/3 innings while allowing four runs (one earned) on only six hits. Fair lowered her ERA in the performance to a solid 2.95. Sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in two runs. Thomas salvaged the road trip with a 7-3 game two victory. The TU bats jumped out to an early start scoring two runs in each of the first two innings, for a 4-1 lead after two. Softball extended their lead with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to lock down the win. Senior second baseman Morgan Howard (1-2, 3 RBI) drove in three runs. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (4-11) picked up her fourth win of the year and lowered her team leading ERA to a 2.49.
TU will be off for ten days before returning to the diamond on Thursday April 5th for a double header against Albany State University at 1PM in Albany, GA.
Reinhardt Sweeps Softball
March 24, 2012
Reinhardt University (19-8) swept a Saturday afternoon double header from Softball (11-20) in Waleska, GA.
TU was limited to three hits in a game one 3-0 loss. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-11) took the loss. The Lady Night Hawks held a one run advantage heading into the bottom of the fifth of game two, RU scored four to take a lead they would not relinquish. Thomas got a run back in the sixth but were unable to mount a rally in the seventh, falling 8-6. Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (3-3) allowed eight runs, five of which were unearned as a result of five TU errors, in the loss. Fair also carried Thomas at the plate driving in four runs in a 2-3 day, including a home run and a run scored.
The road trip continues tomorrow for the Lady Night Hawks as they travel to Brunswick, GA for a double header against the College of Coastal Georgia beginning 2PM.
NAIA #13 AUM Sweeps TU
March 18, 2012
NAIA Pre Season #13 Auburn University - Montgomery (17-9) swept TU (11-18), 1-6 & 1-8, in a Sunday afternoon double header at Armory Field.
Thomas was limited to only three hits and committed three errors, leading to two unearned runs in the game one loss. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-10) allowed six runs, four earned, on only six hits over seven innings in the losing effort. After three scoreless innings, AUM broke open game two with two runs in their half of the fourth and fifth inning, than put the game out of reach with four in the seventh. The TU bats were once again left silent, managing only five hits. Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (3-3) went five innings and four earned runs on only three hits for the loss.
A weekend trip awaits Thomas when they travel to Waleska, GA on Saturday March 24 to face NAIA Pre Season #19 Reinhardt University in a diouble header beginning at 3PM. They will continue the road trip on Sunday the 25th in Brunswick, GA for a double dipper against College of Coastal Georgia.
Lady Night Hawks Split with Faulkner
March 16, 2012
The Lady Night Hawks (11-16) returned home to split a Friday afternoon double header, 0-4 & 1-0, with the visiting Faulkner University Eagles (4-6) at Armory Field.
Faulkner used a first inning three run home run in game one and solid pitching to secure the victory. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-9) took the loss. A two out bottom of the first inning run scoring single by sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (3-2) was all the runs needed in the shutout win. Fair went all the way for the win.
TU will be back at home on Sunday when they welcome NAIA Pre Season #13 Auburn University- Montgomery for a double header beginning at 1PM.
Thomas Ends Gulf Shores Tournament with Loss to Faulkner
March 11, 2012
Thomas (10-15) ended their play in the 2012 Gulf Shores Tournament with a 10-0 run rule loss to Faulkner University (4-5) on Sunday morning in Orange Beach, AL.
TU will return home on Friday March 16th for double header against Faulkner University beginning at 2PM.
Softball Upsets NAIA #22 Mobile, Drop Game Two
March 10, 2012
Softball (10-14) shocked the NAIA Pre Season #22 University of Mobile (13-1), 4-1, handing the Rams their first defeat of the season this afternoon in Orange Beach, AL. NAIA Pre Season #20 Central Methodist University (9-8) dropped TU in game two.
Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (1-0) returned from injury for her first action since the middle of February to dominate Mobile. Fair scattered five hits and one earned run over seven innings for the victory. Senior second baseman Morgan Howard (2-4, 2B, RBI) gave TU the early lead with an RBI double down the left field line. The Lady Night Hawks extended their lead with a sacrifice fly from senior designated hitter Heather Marlowe (1-3, SF, RBI). In the second inning with two outs and a runner on second, sophomore third baseman Brianna Dworak (3-3, R, RBI) singled thru the hole at short to seemingly give Thomas runners at the corners but a wild throw gave TU a three run advantage. Mobile got a run back in their half of the second but Fair took over from there, limiting the Rams to three hits the rest of the way. TU added a late run on a fielders choice off the bat of sophomore left fielder Sorrel Hale (1-2, FC, RBI).
CMU stole home in the bottom of the ninth of game two for the 3-2 walk off win. Down by two in their last at bat, Thomas scored two runs on six hits to notch the game at two. Junior left fielder Alyssa Bork (1-2, RBI) tied the game with a run scoring no out single down the left field line. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-8) did all she could on the mound going 8 1/3 innings in the loss. Ivancic allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits. TU collected 13 hits and stranded seven runners on base.
The Lady Night Hawks continue their play in the 2012 Gulf Coast Invitational tomorrow morning when they face Faulkner University at 10AM (EST) in the Silver Bracket semi final. Winner will advance to the Silver Bracket Championship at 2PM (EST).
TU Blanked by Madonna at Gulf Coast Invitational
March 9, 2012
TU (9-13) was blanked, 4-0, by Madonna University (7-7) in day one of the Gulf Coast Invitational. Game one of the day against Shorter University was cancelled due to rain.
Madonna limited the Lady Night Hawks to two hits as Thomas was shutout for the third game in a row. MU did most of their damage with three runs in the third. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-7) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on nine hits.
The Gulf Coast Invitational continues tomorrow in Orange Beach, AL with softball facing the University of Mobile (2PM) and Central Methodist University (6PM).
Reinhardt Sweeps Lady Night Hawks
March 6, 2012
Reinhardt University (12-7) swept a double header, 4-0 & 7-0, from the Lady Night Hawks (9-12) on Tuesday afternoon at Armory Field.
TU opens up play in the Gulf Coast Tournament on Friday March 9th when they face Shorter University (11AM) and Madonna University (3PM).
Thomas Softball Ends Road Trip with Split
March 3, 2012
Thomas softball (9-10) split four games this afternoon in Lake Wales, FL on the final day of their road trip.
TU dropped the first two games of the afternoon, 1-0 in 8 innings and 11-4 in 5 innings, against Warner University (6-2). Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (4-5) picked up the tough luck complete game loss in game one and freshman Lindsay Tompkins (2-3) dropped game two. The Lady Night Hawks bounced back to sweep the final two games of the road trip from the Northwood University Seahawks (4-8). Ivancic had another strong outing in game one against the Seahawks, limiting NU to one run on 5 hits while striking out six in the complete game victory. Senior Heather Marlowe (2-3, 2 2B, BB, RBI) had two hits and drove in a run while fellow senior Kortney Campbell (2-2, RBI, 3SB) also collected two hits and stole three bases. In the final game of the six game road trip, the bats once again were alive in a 9-1 thrashing of Northwood. Sophomore Sorrel Hale (3-3, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI) had three hits, including a home run, while driving in two runs and sophomore Brianna Dworak (1-1, 2R, 3B, 2RBI) also drove in two. Tompkins allowed one hit over five innings for the win. Both Warner and Northwood are members of the Sun Conference, where TU will begin play in the Spring of 2013.
The Night Hawks return home on Tuesday March 6th for a double header against Reinhardt University beginning at 1PM.
TU Splits with Future Sun Conference Foe
March 2, 2012
TU (7-8) split a double header, 6-1 & 2-4, on Friday afternoon against future Sun Conference foe Ave Maria University (1-3) in Lake Wales, FL.
Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (3-4) struck out seven and allowed one earned run on five hits, picking up her third win of the season. Down 1-0 in the top of the second, Junior Alyssa Bork (1-2, 3RBI) gave the Night Hawks a 3-1 lead on a base clearing single that would prove to be all that Ivancic needed. TU tacked on three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings. AMU rebounded in the night cap opening up a four run lead that Thomas would not be able to overcome. TU would score two runs in the seventh to make a two run game before Ave Maria secured the win.
The Night Hawks continue their road trip in Lake Wales, FL tomorrow with back to back double headers against two more future Sun Conference opponents, Warner University (10AM) and Northwood University (2PM).
Softball Wins Finale, Drops First Two Games on Day Three at Arctic Blast
February 25, 2012
Softball (6-7) won the finale but dropped the first two games on day three at the Arctic Blast Tournament in Decatur, AL.
In the morning game Thomas dropped a tough one as they fell, 10-7, to NAIA Preseason #19 Reinhardt University (5-2). Senior catcher Heather Marlowe (2-3, 2B, 2RBI) continued her solid play at the tournament, driving in two more runs. Sophomore right fielder Jessica Turner (1-4, R, 2RBI, 2B) and senior second baseman Morgan Howard (2-4, 2RBI, SB) also drove in two runs a piece. Sophomore pitcher Rachel Ivancic (1-4) took the loss out of the pen, after allowing three earned runs in the top of sixth with the score tied at seven. Lee University (9-0) picked up a five inning 10-0 run rule victory over the Lady Night Hawks in the afternoon game. Junior starting pitcher Katelynn Knight (1-1) took the loss after lasting only one inning and surrendering two earned runs on three hits. The Lady Night Hawks wrapped up the tournament with a 6-4 victory over Point University (0-13) on Saturday evening. Ivancic (2-4) picked up the victory on the mound for TU. Knight (1-2, 2B, 2RBI) and sophomore Kaley Clark (1-2, 2RBI) each drove in a run. Freshman Kallie Shirling (1-2, 2B, RBI) drove in her second run of the year.
TU will next travel to Lake Wales, FL where they will face future Sun Conference opponents Ave Maria University on Friday March 2nd at 2PM, before concluding the road trip with back to back double headers against Warner University and Northwood University on Saturday March 3rd.
Lady Night Hawks Split at Arctic Blast
February 24, 2012
The Lady Night Hawks (5-5) split a pair of games this afternoon at the Alabama Arctic Blast Tournament in Decatur, AL.
TU topped Bryan College (3-4) 4-2 in game one. Junior pitcher Dionne Bishop (1-0) picked up her first collegiate victory in the game while going 2 for 3 with a run batted in. Senior catcher Heather Marlowe (1-3, RBI) also drove in a run. In game two NAIA Preseason #9 Shorter University (7-1) limited Thomas to four hits in securing a 4-1 victory. Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (1-3) tossed all six innings of the losing effort, allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out six. Marlowe (1-3, RBI) drove in her third run of the season.
Tomorrow the Lady Night Hawks will face Reinhardt University (11AM), Lee University (1PM) and Point University (5PM) as the Alabama Arctic Blast Tournament wraps up.
Thomas Drops Two in Day One of Arctic Blast
February 23, 2012
Thomas softball (4-4) dropped two games in day one of the Arctic Blast Tournament on Thursday evening in Decatur, AL.
In the opening game of the tournament TU fell 2-0 to Indiana University - Southeast (2-1-1). Sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (1-2) took the loss after limiting IUS to only three hits and two earned runs in the complete game loss. The Lady Night Hawks out hit Indiana but were unable to produce enough offense to support Ivancic's solid effort. Junior Kortney Campbell (2-3) and senior Morgan Howard (2-4) each had two hits in the game.
Thomas once again out hit their opponent in game two but were once again shutout, falling in the nightcap, 1-0, to Georgetown College (2-0). Freshman starting pitcher Lindsey Tompkins (1-0) only allowed one hit in the losing effort. Junior Dionne Bishop (2-3) had two hits for the TU.
Play continues tomorrow with day two of the Arctic Blast, featuring matchups against Bryan College (3PM) and Shorter University (5PM).
TU Takes Two in Home Opener
February 17, 2012
TU (4-2) took two games this afternoon in their home opener, sweeping the visiting Albany State University Rams (2-4), 5-1 & 5-0, at Armory Field.
Tomorrow's game at Georgia Southwestern State University has been cancelled, no reschedule date has been announced. Thomas will next head to Decatur, AL on Thursday February 23 to open play in the 2012 Alabama Arctic Blast hosted by Shorter University.
SCAD-Savannah Hands Lady Night Hawks First Losses of the Season
February 11, 2012
The SCAD-Savannah Bees (2-0) handed the Lady Night Hawks (2-2) their first losses of the season with a double header sweep (1-6 & 0-1) on Saturday afternoon in Savannah, GA.
SCAD pitching limited TU to only three hits in game one. The only Lady Night Hawk run came in their half of the seventh on a solo home run by sophomore left fielder Kaley Clark (1-3, R, RBI, HR). Sophomore starting pitcher Alexa Fair (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) on ten hits in a complete game effort.
In game two, Thomas received a valiant outing on the mound by sophomore starting pitcher Rachel Ivancic (0-1) limiting the Bees to one run on six hits in six innings of work. Unfortunately for TU that was all the runs SCAD would need as the Bees pitching held the Lady Night Hawks to only one hit and SCAD would plate the winning run in the home half of the sixth. Senior second baseman Morgan Howard (1-2) collected the only TU hit.
Thomas will open their home slate on Friday February 17 when they host Albany State University in a double header beginning at 2PM.
Season Opening Double Header Sweep for Softball
February 10, 2012
Softball (2-0) opened their season with a double header sweep, 9-1 & 4-3, of Edward Waters College on Friday afternoon in Jacksonville, FL.
The Lady Night Hawks continue their season opening road trip tomorrow, when they travel to Savannah, GA to face SCAD-Savannah in a double header beginning at 12PM.
The Sun Conference Announces the Addition of Thomas
July 6, 2011
(Courtesy of The Sun Conference Sports Information Office)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sun Conference has announced that Thomas (Ga.) has been approved for league membership. Located in Thomasville, Ga., Thomas will begin conference competition in 2012-13. The addition of Thomas will bring the number of schools in The Sun Conference to 12.
"On behalf of the 11 members of The Sun Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Thomas University to our conference,” incoming Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope stated. “This addition will allow us to develop a divisional format in several of our sponsored sports that should help to decrease travel costs and missed class time.
“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant efforts by [former TSC Commissioner] Rob Miller in achieving this accomplishment. I appreciate all of Rob's hard work to find a great institution for us."
"Thomas University is proud to enter the Sun Conference,” Thomas President Dr. Gary Bonvillan said. “Our competitive teams have earned their place among some of the top contenders in NAIA. Transition from independent status to conference membership will also position Thomas for a much more favorable schedule of play for many years to come. Our student athletes and fans will benefit a great deal from this move."
Thomas was founded in 1950 and has an enrollment of 1,030. Thomas first began intercollegiate athletic competition in 1994 and has competed as an independent school in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for the last 16 years. The Night Hawks will field a team in six of the league’s 15 sports, including baseball softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer. Thomas will add men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s cross country in the fall of 2012 and have plans to add men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball sometime thereafter.
As an independent, the Night Hawks have made one national tournament appearance each in women’s soccer (2003) and women’s golf (2010) and finished as the women’s golf Association of Independent Institutions champion in the spring of 2010 and was the AII women's soccer runner-up in the fall of that same year.
The softball program has also enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lady Night Hawks, who have made four national tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), capped off their 2004 campaign by winning the NAIA National Championship.
"We are excited about the prospect of joining the Sun conference,” Thomas Athletic Director Mike Lee commented. “As we searched for a Conference affiliation the Sun Conference seemed like the right fit for the future of our Athletic Department. It is a great conference with an outstanding reputation both on and off the field, we look forward to competing against the strong field of competitors that the conference has to offer."
Originally formed in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), The Sun Conference was established as a conference for small independent institutions within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Heading into its 22nd season of competition, The Sun Conference continues to be one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences in the NAIA. The league sponsors championships in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and field and women’s volleyball.
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