2011 FINAL RECORD :19-29
2011 FINAL AII RANKING: #3
2011 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Mancauskas Named NAIA Scholar Athlete
June 10, 2011
Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas was named a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete for his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
The junior from Ocala, FL received this honor for the first time in his career as a Night Hawk. Recipients of this award must carry a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. Only 228 baseball players from across the country were selected.
Cal State-San Marcos 2011 A.I.I. Baseball Champions
May 6, 2011
The California State University - San Marcos Cougars (32-17) knocked off the #2 seeded University of Houston - Victoria Jaguars (31-25), 10-3, to win the 2011 A.I.I. Baseball Championship this afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
CSUSM starting pitcher and Tournament MVP Adam Bileckyi was dominant from start to finish allowing only three unearned runs on five hits in the complete game victory. Bileckyi did not allow a hit till the fourth inning and struck out six Jaguars along the way. Cal State jumped out on top in the first on a two run home run over the left field fence by third baseman Austin Coleman (2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR). The Cougars added two more in the second and than broke the game wide open with three runs in the fourth and sixth innings. First baseman Kevin Silvett (1-3, R, 3 RBI, 2B) drove in three runs for San Marcos. Jaguars starting pitcher Rex Garner took the loss, allowing five earned runs on four hits while walking three in three innings of work. UHV center fielder Ryan Gilbert (1-4, R, RBI, 2B) drove in a run and finished tied with teammate David Baker for the tournament high with six runs batted in. Gilbert hit .500 over the four games and was tied for second in batting average in the tourney. Cal State shortstop Johnny Omahen topped all batters with a .550 average.
Cal State will represent the A.I.I. in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round at a site to be announced on Sunday. UHV will await their fate for a possible at large bid.
#2 UHV Eliminates Thomas
May 5, 2011
Second seeded University of Houston-Victoria (31-24) eliminated the host Thomas University Night Hawks (19-29) on Thursday night in game five of the A.I.I. Tournament at Varnedoe Stadium.
Holding on to a one run lead, UHV broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Jaguars loaded the bases and center fielder Ryan Gilbert (2-4, 4 RBI, 3B)came up with the game's decisive hit, clearing the bags with a two out triple into the right center field gap. TU would tack on a run in the top of the sixth but UHV starting pitcher Cory Carter came up with big pitches all night, ending would be rally after rally. Carter went 8 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on 12 hits while striking out six Night Hawks. TU finished the game with 12 hits to the Jaguars 9 but could not find the big hit they needed. Night Hawks freshman left fielder Travis Hutchins (3-4, RBI, BB, 2B) had three hits and drove in a run. UHV relief pitcher Casey Newman picked up the final out of the game with runners on first and second for the save.
The win by UHV sets up a rematch against the #1 seed California State University - San Marcos Cougars in the A.I.I. Championship Game tomorrow afternoon at 1PM. CSUSM enters the game 2-0 and would need to be beat twice by Houston-Victoria. If the Jaguars win game one it would set up a winner takes all match up 30 minutes after the conclusion of game six.
Cal State Moves into Championship Game
May 5, 2011
California State University - San Marcos (31-17) moved into the A.I.I. Tournament Championship game by defeating the University of Houston - Victoria Jaguars (30-24), 21-13, in game four on Thursday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
In a up and down affair that lasted over 3 1/2 hours and saw both teams combine for 34 runs, 41 hits and nine errors. It was CSUSM that provided the final burst scoring eleven runs over the last two frames to run away with the victory. Cougars relief pitcher Johnny Holtman picked up the victory for Cal State with three innings of work, limiting UHV to three runs (two earned) on four hits. Third baseman Austin Coleman (3-7, R, 4 RBI, 2B) drove in four runs for the Cougars. With CSUSM leading 10-6 in the seventh UHV loaded the bases and tied the game with one swing of the bat by designated hitter David Baker (2-6, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) when he belted a grand slam over the left field fence. Cal State stormed back with seven in the eighth to seize control of the game and put it out of reach in the top of the ninth. Jaguars pitcher Justin Cudd took the loss, surrendering one earned run on two hits.
Cal State will await their opponent in the championship game scheduled for tomorrow at 1PM. UHV will play TU at approximately 7:45PM to stay alive and force a rematch of today's game.
TU Survives Talladega Charge, Stay Alive in Tourney
May 5, 2011
TU (19-28) survived yet another late charge by the Talladega College Tornado's (27-20), holding on to win 4-3 and staying alive in the A.I.I. Tournament this afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
Night Hawks senior reliever Sean Medlin came on in the ninth to shut the door on TC. The Tornado's did not go down easy loading the bases before Medlin was able to strike out Richard Cochran (1-5, 2B) on a 3-2 pitch low and away. TU exploded out of the gate sending eleven batters to the plate and scoring four to take an early 4-0 lead. Junior pitcher Jacob Davis (5-4) cruised through the first four innings but Talladega chipped away scoring two in the fifth and tacking on another in the top of the eighth off senior relief pitcher Brandon Owens. Davis tossed seven innings in the victory and allowed two earned runs while scattering six hits. Gabriel Viso took the loss for the Tornado's, surrendering four earned runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Viso walked four Night Hawks.
Thomas advances to game five of the tournament and will face the loser of the winner's bracket match up between California State University - San Marcos and University of Houston - Victoria tonight at approximately 6:30PM. CSUSM and UHV are due to get started at approximately 3:25PM.
Top Seeded CSUSM Holds off TU in A.I.I. Tournament
May 4, 2011
The top seeded California State University - San Marcos Cougars (30-17) held off theThomas University Night Hawks (18-28), 10-8, in game two of the 2011 A.I.I. Tournament on Wednesday evening at Varnedoe stadium.
CSUSM opened the scoring with four innings in the top of the first but TU struck back with six in the bottom of the innings to take a 6-4 lead. The Cougars once again opened a four run advantage by scoring one in the second and five in the third for the 10-6 lead after 3 1/2. TU tacked on single runs in the fifth and seventh to make it a two run ball game but were unable to finish the comeback. Cougars senior pitcher Kyle Smart (3-4) picked up the victory out of the pen with two innings of work, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three Night Hawks. Senior first baseman Kevin Silvett (2-5, R, 3 RBI) drove in three runs for Cal State. Junior right fielder Jeremy Baum (1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, HR) hit a two run home run in the third to give the Cougars a 7-6 lead which they would not relinquish. TU senior center fielder Daniel Blanton (1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two runs in the Night Hawks six run first inning. The Night Hawks junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-5) took the loss after lasting only three innings and allowing ten runs (nine earned) on eight hits.
Cal State advances to a winners bracket match against the University of Houston-Victoria tomorrow afternoon at 2:30PM. TU enters the losers bracket and will face Talladega College in a win or go home match up tomorrow morning at 11AM.
UHV Tops Talladega in Game One of A.I.I. Tournament
May 4, 2011
University of Houston-Victoria (30-23) topped Talladega College (27-19), 7-4, in game one of the A.I.I. Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
A.I.I. Pitcher of the year, Broc Haymon (8-3) tossed 7 2/3 innings in the victory. The senior from Bridge City, TX allowed three earned runs on six hits while striking out four. UHV center fielder Ryan Gilbert (2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB) drove in two runs for the Jaguars of Houston-Victoria. Talladega starting pitcher James Rodriguez took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in five innings of work. With the Jaguars cruising 7-0, the Tornado's of Talladega made it interesting with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the eighth. TC catcher Jean Ortiz (1-5, R, 3 RBI, HR) drove a pitch over the left field fence for a three run shot that got Talladega back in the game. The Jaguars closer, Pete Ontiveros, shut the door on TC, after relieving Haymon, with 1 1/3 innings of shutout work to preserve the victory.
Houston-Victoria moves into the winners bracket game and will face the winner of #4 TU and #1 California state University - San Marcos tomorrow at 2:30PM. Talladega will play in an elimination game tomorrow at 11AM against the loser of the TU and CSUSM game.
TU Baseball Ready to Host 2011 A.I.I. Tournament
May 3, 2011
TU Baseball is ready to host the 2011 A.I.I. Tournament.
With all the preparations and pre tournament festivities in the rear view mirror, it is time for the first pitch of the tournament. In game one tomorrow at 2PM, the #2 seeded University of Houston Victoria Jaguars (29-23) will face the #3 Talladega College Tornados (27-18). The host Night Hawks(18-27) will take the field at Varnedoe Stadium against #1 California State University San Marcos (29-17) in game two tomorrow evening at 6PM.
On Thursday, the two losing teams from game one and two will face off at 11AM in game three of the tournament. The losing team will exit the tournament while the winning team will move on to game five. At 2:30PM game four will feature the two winning teams from Wednesday playing for a spot in the Tournament Championship game on Friday afternoon at 1PM. Game #5, at 6PM, will pit the winner of game #3 and loser of game #4 seeking a spot in Friday's championship game.
Tickets are available at the gate. Day passes are $5.00 and Tournament passes will be available for $10.00. All local high school baseball players, wearing their jersey, will receive a discounted cost on tournament passes and high school coaches presenting Florida High School passes or Georgia High School Passes will also receive discounted tickets.
A.I.I. All Conference Baseball Team Announced
May 3, 2011
The 2011 Association of Independent Institutions All Conference Baseball Team was announced Tuesday night at the A.I.I. Tournament Banquet held in the Historic Quad on the campus of Thomas University.
Seventeen student athletes were recognized for their achievements throughout this past season. The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars, seeded #2 in the tournament, had the most players recognized with six players being named to the team and swept player of the year honors. Senior pitcher Broc Haymon (Bridge City, TX) was named the Pitcher of the Year after going 7-3 and posting a 4.77 ERA while striking out 88 in sixty six innings pitched. Jaguars outfielder John Longoria (Spring, TX) was named the A.I.I. Player of the Year. The junior batted .371 on the year, had 22 doubles, 5 home runs, 46 RBI's and a slugging percentage of .641.
The host Thomas University Night Hawks placed two players on the team. Juniors Sergio Delgado and Chris Cravotta were the only representatives for TU. Delgado batted .290 this season and led the team with 27 runs batted in. Cravotta, who missed thirteen games late in the year due to injury, led TU with a .352 batting average and five home runs. California State University San Marcos and Talladega College each placed three players on the team.
A.I.I. All Conference Team
Catcher - Jean Ortiz - Talladega College
Catcher - Sergio Delgado - Thomas University
First Base - Austin Kent - University of Houston Victoria
Second Base - Trent Jemmett - California State University San Marcos
Third Base - Tid Hilger - Louisiana State University Alexandria
Shortstop - Johnny Omahen - California State University San Marcos
Extra Infielder - David Madrigal - Arizona Christian University
Outfield - Ramon Cruz - Talladega College
Outfield - Kyle Secciani - California State University San Marcos
Outfield - Chris Cravotta - Thomas University
Designated Hitter - David Baker - University of Houston Victoria
Starting Pitcher - James Rodrigues - Talladega College
Starting Pitcher - John Touchton - University of Houston Victoria
Starting Pitcher - Aryo Fleming - Louisiana State University Alexandria
Relief Pitcher - Pete Ontiveros - University of Houston Victoria
Pitcher of the Year - Broc Haymon - University of Houston Victoria
Player of the Year - John Longoria - University of Houston Victoria
Action at the 2011 A.I.I. Tournament gets started tomorrow at 2PM with UHV facing #3 Talladega in game one. TU, seeded #4, will host #1 CSUSM tomorrow evening at 6PM.
VSU Drops TU in Regular Season Finale
April 23, 2011
NCAA D2 Valdosta State University (19-25) dropped TU (18-27), 11-3, in their regular season finale this evening in Valdosta, GA.
TU was held to six hits and committed two errors that led to three unearned runs in the game. Down 3-0 after one the Night Hawks got a run back in the second but VSU rebounded to knock in three in their half of the third. TU than scored two more in the fourth, only to have Valdosta put the game away with two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Senior third baseman Daniel Blanton (2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR) had two hits and hit a home run. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-4) lost his fourth game of the year. Mancauskas allowed three earned runs on three hits in two innings pitched.
The Night Hawks will now prepare for the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament to be played May 4-6 at Varnedoe Stadium. TU will enter the tournament as the #4 seed and will face #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos on Wednesday May 4 at 6PM.
Night Hawks Swept by Edward Waters
April 23, 2011
The Night Hawks (18-26) were swept by the visiting Edward Waters College Tigers (33-24), 8-2 & 6-1, in a Senior Day double header this afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
Leading 2-1 entering the top of the seventh, TU was unable to shut the door allowing seven runs to give EWC the six run lead and eventual victory. Senior relief pitcher Sean Medlin (2-2) was unable to pick up the save and took the loss. Medlin gave up eight runs (two earned) on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Freshman right fielder Travis Hutchins (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, SF) hit a solo home run and drove in two runs. In game two EWC struck early and held on to the lead the rest of the way as the Night Hawks were unable to drive in runs, leaving ten on the base paths. The Tigers scored five in the first and tacked on another in the second. Senior left fielder Daniel Blanton (1-4, RBI) drove in the lone Night Hawks run. Senior starting pitcher Jeremy Jones (3-6) took the loss allowing six runs (five earned) in four innings of work.
In between games, TU baseball honored their seven seniors. Blanton, first baseman Travis Flannagan, second baseman Daniel Joiner, Jones, third baseman Jamie Moore, pitcher Brandon Owens and pitcher Rob Strecker all played their last regular season games at Varnedoe Stadium on Saturday. The seven seniors will have a chance to redeem themeselves when they host the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Baseball Tournament May 4-6.
Thomas will wrap up their regular season with a visit to the NCAA D2 Valdosta State University Blazers on Wednesday evening. First pitch for the single game is set for 5PM.
Baseball Falls to GSW
April 20, 2011
Baseball (18-24) fell 12-6 to the host NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (25-19) on Wednesday evening in Americus, GA.
The Night Hawks led 5-2 entering the home half of the fifth when the Hurricanes plated three runs to tie the game. In the next half inning TU scored one to retake the lead but GSW fought back once again scoring six in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding 11-6 lead that Thomas would not be able to overcome. The Hurricanes added another run in their half of the eighth. Sophomore pitcher Skyler Sopotnick (2-3) took the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in only one inning of work. Junior designated hitter Sergio Delgado (1-3, 2 RBI, 2B, BB) drove in two runs.
Thomas will wrap up their home schedule on Saturday April 23rd when they host Edward Waters College in a double header beginning at 1PM.
TU Snaps Losing Streak, Splits Twin Bill
April 16, 2011
TU (18-23) snapped a six game losing streak after splitting a Saturday afternoon twin bill, 2-16 & 9-4, with the visiting Talladega College Tornadoes (23-18) at Varnedoe Stadium.
A 16-2 TC victory in game one, stretched the TU losing streak to six games. Up 7-1 in the top of the seventh, the Tornadoes ran away with the victory adding nine runs to the scoreboard. The Night Hawks committed seven errors in the game resulting in twelve unearned runs. Junior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (4-4) took the loss. TU bounced back in game two avoiding the series sweep and snapping their losing skid at six. The Night Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held the advantage thru four innings. In the fifth TC took the lead with four runs but TU bounced back with four in the bottom of the inning to regain the two run advantage. The Night Hawks added some insurance in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Senior relief pitcher Sean Medlin (2-1) picked up the victory out of the pen with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless work, allowing only one hit. Freshman shortstop Hugh Lee (1-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR) had a two run home run in the sixth inning and drove in three runs in the game. Freshman first baseman Josh Bruijn (1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, HR) got things started early for TU with a two run shot to left in the first.
Baseball will look to make it two in a row on Wednesday April 20th when they travel to Americus, GA to face NCAA D2 Georigia Southwestern University in a single game beginning at 5PM.
Night Hawks Drop Fifth in a Row
April 15, 2011
The Night Hawks (17-22) dropped their fifth game in a row, losing 7-3 to the visiting Talladega College Tornadoes (22-17) on Friday evening at Varnedoe Stadium.
Leading 2-1 after four, TU gave up a run in the fifth and two in the sixth allowing TC to take a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Thomas got within one in the bottom half of the sixth but the Tornadoes responded with a run in the seventh. Talladega padded their lead with two more in the ninth. Senior Jeremy Jones (3-6) took the loss. Jones went 6 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on eleven hits. Junior shortstop Alex Williams (3-4, 2 R, 2B, SB) had three hits.
TU will look to avenge the loss tomorrow afternoon in a double header beginning at 1PM.
AUM Topples Thomas Baseball
April 12, 2011
Auburn University at Montgomery (32-15) toppled Thomas baseball (17-21), 11-3, in a single neutral site game this afternoon in Ozark, AL.
TU led 2-0 after 3 1/2 but the Senators of AUM erupted for seven in the bottom of the third and went on to score in three of the next five innings to put away the comfortable victory. The Night Hawks committed eight errors on the day leading to six unearned runs. Sophomore starting pitcher Skyler Sopotnick (2-2) allowed seven runs (two earned) on seven hits in only three innings of work.
Baseball will look to snap their four game losing streak on Friday April 15 when they open a three game series with fellow Association of Independent Institutions member Talladega College. On Friday the two teams will face off in a single game beginning at 6PM. The series will conclude with a double header on Saturday .
Embry Riddle Tops TU, Sweeps Series
April 10, 2011
The NAIA #3 Embry Riddle University Eagles (35-8) topped TU (17-20), 5-1, this afternoon and swept the three game series.
ERU opened up a 4-0 lead before TU scored a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Night Hawks had nine hits but left six runners on base and were unable to manufacture any further runs. Senior starting pitcher Brandon Owens (2-3) lasted only two innings in the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits.
TU will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday April 12th when they travel to Ozark, AL to face Auburn University at Montgomery in a neutral site double header. First pitch in game one is set for 4PM EST.
NAIA #3 Embry Riddle Sweeps the Night Hawks
April 9, 2011
NAIA #3 Embry Riddle University (34-8) swept the TU Night Hawks (17-19), 11-0 & 6-4, in a double header Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
In game one, the Eagles of Embry Riddle one hit TU in a six inning run rule victory. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs (four earned) on ten hits in five innings of work. The Night Hawks took the early 1-0 first inning lead in game two of the twin bill but saw ERU strike back with five unanswered runs over the next four innings. In the bottom half of the sixth TU made it a one run ball game with two runs but the Eagles gave themeselves some insurance with a run the top of the seventh and closed out Thomas in the bottom half of the inning for the sweep. Junior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (4-3) went all the way in the loss allowing six earned runs on twelve hits. TU collected twelve hits in the game, junior catcher Sergio Delgado (3-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) had three hits and drove in a run.
The series concludes tomorrow with a single game beginning at 12pm.
TU Splits, Flannagan Shines
April 6, 2011
TU (17-17) split a double header with the host University of Mobile Rams (25-15) this afternoon in Mobile, AL.
In game two, senior first baseman Travis Flannagan (3-3, R, 6 RBI, 2B) led the Night Hawks to a 9-4 extra inning victory. Flannagan drove in six runs and had three hits. TU held a 4-2 lead into the bottom half of the fifth when the Rams scored two runs to tie the game at four. Neither team was able to break through in the final two frames, pushing the game into extra innings. In the ninth, Thomas scored five to take the lead and than shut down UM in the bottom half of the inning to secure the victory. Senior reliever Sean Medlin (1-1) picked up the victory with three innings of scoreless work.
Earlier in the day Mobile blanked TU 10-0 in six innings. Senior starting pitcher Jeremy Jones (3-5) took the loss after allowing nine runs (six earned) on nine hits in five innings of work. TU was limited to only three hits in the game.
The Night Hawks will next welcome NAIA #3 Embry Riddle University to Varnedoe Stadium on Saturday April 9th for a three game series. Saturday the two will play a double header beginning at 2PM. The series will wrap up on Sunday with a single game beginning at 12PM.
Thomas Baseball Sweeps SCAD
April 2, 2011
Thomas Baseball (16-16) swept the visiting Savannah College of Art & Design Bees (24-19), 8-5 & 8-7 (9 innings), in a double header on Saturday afternoon to take the three game series 2-1.
In game one TU led all the way, jumping out to a 8-0 lead after five innings. SCAD scored five in the sixth to make it interesting but the Night Hawks senior closer, Sean Medlin (8 saves) came on to shut the door with 1 2/3 innings of one hit work. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-2) picked up the victory after cruising through five innings but ran into trouble in the sixth when he surrendered five runs. Six different Night Hawks drove in runs. Junior shortstop Alex Williams (2-2, R, RBI, BB) had two hits and drove in a run. SCAD committed five errors in the game.
TU took the three game series with an emotional walk off win in game two. Freshman left fielder Travis Hutchins (2-4, 2 R, BB, 2B) doubled to lead off the ninth and came around to score the game winning run from second on a wild throw to first off a ground ball by junior first baseman Mike Lane (2-5, R, 3 RBI, HR). Lane and freshman second baseman Hugh Lee (3-4, R, 3 RBI) each hit a home run and drove in three runs. Sophomore relief pitcher Skyler Sopotnick (2-1) picked up the victory out of the pen with one inning of scoreless ball. After a disappointing inning of work by junior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (1 IP, 5 ER, 6 H), sophomore relief pitcher Nick Sutton stabilized the game with seven innings of work, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out six.
The Night Hawks will head to Mobile, AL on Wednesday April 2nd to face the University of Mobile in a double header that was rescheduled due to weather this past week. First pitch is set for 2PM EST.
SCAD Knocks Off the Night Hawks
April 1, 2011
Savannah College of Art & Design (24-17) knocked off the Night Hawks (14-16), 3-1, on Friday evening at Varnedoe Stadium.
SCAD scored runs in three of the first four innings, jumping out to a 3-0 advantage. TU got a run back in their half of the seventh but were unable to create any further offense. Freshman second baseman Hugh Lee (1-3, R, RBI, HR, BB) scored the Night Hawks only run with a solo home run. Senior starting pitcher Brandon Owens (2-2) pitched well but took the loss with six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on six hits.
The series continues tomorrow with a double header beginning at 1PM.
Baseball Games Rescheduled
March 29, 2011
Baseball games scheduled for yesterday and tomorrow have been postponed.
Due to a scheduling conflict the game against Brewton Parker College originally scheduled for yesterday was postponed to a date and time that has yet to be announced. The game schduled for tomorrow in Mobile, AL. against the University of Mobile has been postponed due to anticipated rain storms and will be played next Wednesday April 6 at 2PM EST.
GSW Hurricanes Blow Past TU
March 23, 2011
The NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern University Hurricanes (16-12) blew past TU (14-15), 12-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
TU opened up the scoring in the third with back to back run scoring base hits by junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-4, R, 3 RBI) and junior first baseman Mike Lane (2-4, 2 RBI). GSW took control of the game with a six run fourth inning. The Night Hawks scored two in their half of the fifth to make it a two run game but the Hurricanes came right back with two in the sixth and knocked in four in the ninth. Cravotta now leads TU with 26 runs batted in on the season. Senior starting pitcher Jeremy Jones (3-4) took the loss with five innings of work, allowing six earned runs on ten hits.
Baseball will be back on the diamond on Monday March 28, when they travel to Mt. Vernon, GA to face Brewton Parker College in single game. First pitch is set for 5PM.
Brewton Parker Walks Away with Win
March 22, 2011
Brewton Parker College (20-7) walked away with a win tonight over TU (14-14) at Varnedoe Stadium, as the Night Hawks pitching staff walked a school record 16 batters in a 18-12 loss.
TU walked the leadoff batter and went on to walk another and hit a batter before giving up a one out grand slam in the top of the first. BPC tacked on two more runs in the inning and the Night Hawks found themselves needing to come from behind before the fans had settled into their seats. TU got back two in the bottom half of the inning and made it a two run game in the fourth when junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) hit a two run shot over the left field fence. Cravotta leads the team with 5 long balls on the year. Brewton made it a four run game with two in the fifth but the Night Hawks struck back with five in the bottom half of the inning, taking a 9-8 lead on a two RBI base hit by sophomore catcher Mitchell Herring (2-5, R, 3 RBI). Brewton would score ten runs in the last three innings of the game, benefiting from seven walks and two hit batters. In the top of the eighth BPC hit their second grand slam of the day to put the game out of reach. Junior shortstop Alex Williams (3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, HBP) drove in three runs. The TU bats had 15 hits on the day with all but three regulars collecting at least one hit. Senior relief pitcher Rob Strecker (1-1) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on five hits while walking six batters in 2 1/3 innings.
"Our pitching let us down tonight", said TU Head Coach Mike Lee. "We broke an eleven year old record for walks, a record I did not ever expect to be broken. At the plate we swung the stick well but not well enough to overcome our pitchers consistently missing the zone. I don't think anyone can overcome that".
Thomas will need to bounce back right away as they welcome NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University to Varnedoe Stadium tomorrow for a nine inning game beginning at 4PM.
Night Hawks Top Generals, Take Series
March 19, 2011
The Night Hawks (14-13) topped the Lousiana State University - Alexandria Generals (3-18), 9-3, and took the three game series 2-1.
Junior starting pitcher Brandon Owens (2-1) picked up the victory, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out seven. The bats were efficient, scoring nine runs on only eight hits. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) drove in two runs and now leads the team with 21 runs batted in. TU also had two RBI performances by junior catcher Sergio Delgado (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB) and senior third baseman Daniel Blanton (1-3, R, 2 RBI).
Thomas is back at home this week when they welcome Brewton Parker College to Varnedoe Stadium on Tuesday March 22 for a single game beginning at 4PM.
Baseball Splits with LSU-A
March 18, 2011
Baseball (13-13) split a double header with the host Louisiana State University - Alexandria Generals (3-17) on Friday afternoon in Alexandria, LA.
Seven errors by the Night Hawks led to four unearned runs and a 5-4 game one walk off victory for the Generals. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-3) tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits in the no decision. Senior reliever Sean Medlin (0-1) picked up the loss out of the pen giving up the walk off run in the ninth.
Game two was a different story as TU had 14 hits in a 16-1 drubbing of LSU-A. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (1-3, R, 3 RBI) drove in three runs. Five other Night Hawks drove in two runs a piece. Junior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (4-2) picked up the victory with six innings of two hit ball, allowing one unearned run while striking out seven.
The series concludes tomorrow with a single game beginning at 1PM EST.
"Boo" Taylor Hired as Assistant Baseball Coach
March 15, 2011
Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director Mike Lee has announced the hiring of former Major League reliever William "Boo" Taylor as Assistant Baseball Coach.
"Boo is a great addition to our baseball staff and university community", said Lee. "Adding a resume like Boo's to our staff is a major accomplishment, one that will benefit us now and in the future. More importantly than his resume we hired a person with a desire to impact the future of our student athletes".
Taylor comes to TU from Tallahassee Community College, where he served in the same capacity for the last three seasons. Prior to his time at TCC, "Boo" was the head coach at The Brookwood School, leading the Warriors to consecutive Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Championships. At Brookwood, Taylor coached former Night Hawks standout Drew Johnson.
At the age of 18 Taylor was selected, out of Thomas County Central HS, by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 1980 Major League Baseball amateur entry draft. After 14 years in minor league baseball, he earned a spot on the 1994 opening day roster for the Oakland Athletics. Boo went on to pitch parts of the next seven seasons in the Majors as a relief pitcher, ending his career in 2001 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his seven seasons he appeared in 317 games, with a record of 16-28 and 100 saves while posting a 4.21 ERA and striking out 307 in 324.2 innings pitched.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me to work in the community where it all started for me", said Taylor. "I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with our student athletes, in the hopes of helping them get to the next level".
TU Wins Two but Falls in Invitational Final
March 12, 2011
TU (12-12) won two games but fell to the host Warner University Royals (16-9-1) in the championship game of the 2011 Warner University Invitational.
Baseball began the day with a make up from Thursday's rain out, knocking off Siena Heights University (3-8) 4-2. Senior starting pitcher Jeremy Jones (3-3) struck out five in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits for the victory. TU managed only five hits but it proved to be enough. Senior second baseman Daniel Joiner (0-1, RBI, BB), junior catcher Sergio Delgado (1-3, RBI, BB), junior designated hitter Mike Lane (1-2, R, RBI, BB, HR), and sophomore pinch hitter Gary Smith (1-1, RBI) each drove in a run.
In the seed game, #3 seeded Thomas avenged their loss from Friday by defeating #2 Bellevue University (7-11) and advancing to the 2011 Warner University Invitational championship game. TU opened a 5-0 lead before BU was able to put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Two more runs for the Night Hawks in the fifth put the game out of reach. Bellevue tried to make a come back scoring three in the sixth but it would not be enough. Sophomore pitcher Nick Sutton (1-2) picked up the victory in his first start of the year. Sutton went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out five. Joiner (2-3, 2 RBI) drove in two runs. Seniior closer Sean Medlin (7 saves) picked up his second save of the day with a scoreless seventh.
After 5 1/2 innings of the championship game it seemed as if TU would pull off the trifecta but the host Royals were not going to go down without a challenge. With the Night Hawks up 3-1 WU tied the game at three in the bottom of the fifth. The teams matched zero's in the sixth but Warner delivered the final blow with a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh. Neither team was able to muster up too much at the plate, combining for only nine hits. Pitching and defense became the toughest opponent for both teams with the teams combining for 13 walks and four errors. Junior first baseman Mike Lane (1-2, 2 RBI) drove in two runs. Sophomore Skyler Sopotnick (0-1) took the loss out of the pen with 1 2/3 innings of work, allowing the walk off run in the seventh. Senior starting pitcher Rob Strecker (1-1) tossed five innings and allowed three earned runs in the no decision.
Thomas will continue on the road, traveling to Alexandria, LA to face LSU Alexandria in a three game series. The match up of Association of Independent Institutions foes begins with a double header on Friday March 18 starting at 5PM EST and concludes with a single game on Saturday at 1PM EST.
Night Hawks Drop Two at Warner Invitational
March 11, 2011
The Night Hawks (10-11) dropped both games today at the 2011 Warner University Invitational.
In the morning game, TU held a 3-2 lead after one but Bellevue University (5-10) scored the eventual game winning runs in the third, knocking of the Night Hawks 4-3. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (1-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) hit his team leading fourth home run in the first inning. The Night Hawks were limited to five hits in the game. Junior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (3-2) went 6 1/3 innings in the losing effort, allowing four earned runs on nine hits.
TU did not fair any better in the second game of the day, falling 6-1 to the host Warner University Royals (13-9-1). The Royals used only seven hits to drive in their six runs. Freshman left fielder Travis Hutchins (1-3, R, RBI, HR) drove in the only run for the Night Hawks with a second inning solo home run. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Thomas will next face Siena Heights University at Avon Park HS tomorrow morning at 9:30AM. This is a rescheduled game from the rain out on Thursday afternoon. TU will wrap up play at the Invitational tomorrow in a seed game. The opponent, time and site has yet to be determined.
Owens Blanks St. Ambrose
March 10, 2011
Senior starting pitcher Brandon Owens (1-1) blanked the St. Ambrose University Bees (0-4), 10-0, in game one of the 2011 Warner University Invitational.
Owens limited the Bees to four hits and struck out five. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and sophomore Mitchell Herring (2-2, 3 RBI, 3B) each drove in three runs. The TU bats were efficient driving in eight runs on eight hits en route to the five inning Run Rule victory.
With rainstorms this morning washing out the morning game of the Invitational, the weather is expected to be clear the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow TU will face Bellevue University at 9:30AM and Warner University at 3:30PM.
Weather Forces Changes to Warner Invitational Schedule
March 10, 2011
Weather in the Central Florida area has forced changes to the Night Hawks schedule in the 2011 Warner University Invitational.
Rainstorms throughout the night and into this morning have wiped out this morning's games in Lake Wales, FL. TU will now only play one game today at 3:30PM against St. Ambrose University. The schedule for tomorrow remains the same with the Night Hawks facing Bellevue University at 9:30AM and Warner University at 3:30PM. Today's originally scheduled game against Siena Heights University has been rescheduled to Saturday morning at a time and place that has yet to be determined.
For more information be sure to check the Warner Invitational Web Page. CLICK HERE
Baseball Begins Spring Trip With Loss
March 8, 2011
Baseball (9-9) began their annual Florida spring break trip with a 4-1 loss to the Webber International University Warriors (12-12) on Tuesday evening in Babson Park, FL.
WIU scored three unearned runs in the third and tacked on another unearned run in the sixth, taking advantage of sloppy defense by the Night Hawks. Sophomore pitcher Devin Carpenter (0-1) took the loss after allowing three unearned runs on one hit in one inning of work. TU managed only four hits in the game.
TU continues their spring break trip with their annual participation in the Warner University Invitational beginning on Thursday. Thomas will face St. Ambrose University at 9:30AM and Siena Heights University at 2:00PM.
Night Hawks Fall to Faulkner
March 1, 2011
The Night Hawks (9-8) fell to Faulkner University (15-3), 7-6, this afternoon at Golden Park in Columbus, GA.
TU led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but Faulkner came back to score 3 in the bottom half of the inning to make it a one run game. Thomas got one back in the fifth but Faulkner scored one in the sixth and three in their half of the eighth for the 7-5 lead. The Night Hawks tacked on a run to make it a one run game in the ninth but stranded the game tying run at third. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) hit a two run home run in the second inning. Senior pitcher Jeremy Jones (2-3) took the loss out of the pen after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Night Hawks return to action on Tuesday March 8th when they begin their annual Florida spring break trip. TU will face Webber International University in a nine inning game beginning at 7PM.
TU Swept by Mobile
February 26, 2011
TU (9-7) was swept in a Saturday afternoon double header, 5-4 & 3-0, by the University of Mobile Rams (12-5) at Varnedoe Stadium.
With the Night Hawks leading 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning of game one, Mobile loaded the bases with three straight base hits and with one out a double down the right field line tied the game. A base hit would plate the eventual winning run to complete the come from behind victory for the Rams. UM dominated game two from start to finish for the double header and series sweep of the Night Hawks.
Baseball will look to rebound from their three game losing streak on Tuesday March 1 when they travel to Golden Park in Columbus, GA to face Faulkner University in a single game starting at 3PM.
Rams Batter Night Hawks
February 25, 2011
The visiting University of Mobile Rams (10-5) battered the host Night Hawks (9-5), 10-1, on Friday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
TU will look to avenge the loss on Saturday when the teams conclude the series with a double header beginning at 1PM.
Schedule Change for TU Baseball
February 25, 2011
The TU Baseball double header against Faulkner University scheduled for Tuesday March 1 at 3pm in Columbus, GA., has been changed to a single game beginning at the same time.
Baseball Sweeps Double Header, Takes Series
February 19, 2011
Baseball (9-4) swept Spring Hill College (5-6), 9-2 & 5-3, in a double header this afternoon in Mobile, AL and took the three game series 2-1.
With the score tied at two in the top of the fourth inning of game one, TU scored six runs with five of them being unearned as a result of a SHC error with two outs. TU had twelve hits. Sophomore shortstop Chris Velez (2-2, 3 R, BB) scored three runs. Junior pitcher Jacob Davis (3-1) went all the way for the victory allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out seven.
In game two, the teams found themeselves knotted at two once again and it was TU in their half of the fifth that once again broke the tie plating two runs. The Night Hawks tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to secure the win. SEnior pitcher Jeremy Jones (2-1) tossed five innings in the victory allowing two earned runs on three hits. Junior catcher Sergio Delgado (2-4, 2 RBI, 2B) drove in two runs and now leads the team with nine runs batted in.
The Night Hawks return on Friday February 25th when they face the University of Mobile in game one of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3PM.
TU Falls to SHC
February 18, 2011
TU (7-4) fell 8-7 this evening to the host Spring Hill College Badgers (5-4) in Mobile, AL.
SHC rallied from 7-2 down, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to make it a one run game and tying the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth. After a scoreless ninth for both teams, the game headed into extra innings where the Badgers plated the game winning run in the tenth. Junior relief pitcher Jacob Davis (2-2) took the loss after tossing four innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits while walking three. Junior right fielder Chris Cravotta (4-5, R, 2 RBI) had four hits and drove in two runs.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with a double header beginning at 1PM EST.
Night Hawks Defeat Bees
February 15, 2011
The Night Hawks (7-3) defeated the host Savannah College of Art & Design Bees (7-7),10-7, this evening in Savannah, GA.
With SCAD leading 2-0 after four, TU used three hits and three walks to push across three runs and grab the one run lead in the fifth. The Bees bounced back with five in their half of the sixth for a 7-3 lead and seemed to be in a position to lock down the victory. A resilient Night Hawks team would not settle, scoring seven runs in their final two at bats to once again take the lead. The big hit was a bases loaded double by sophomore catcher Mitchell Herring (1-1, 2B, 3 RBI) in the top of the eighth to tie the game at seven. In the ninth, an unearned run for TU proved to be the game winning run when sophomore left fielder Brett Tressler (2-3, 3 R, RBI) bounced into a fielder's choice to score sophomore shortstop Chris Velez (3-4, R, RBI) with the eventual winning run after reaching on a bunt base hit and advancing to second on a throwing error. Senior reliever Sean Medlin picked up his fifth save after leaving two runners on in the ninth. Junior pitcher Jacob Davis (2-1) picked up the victory out of the bullpen with two innings of hitless ball.
Thomas will continue their play on the road this weekend when they travel to Mobile, AL to face Spring Hill College in a three game series. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6PM EST on Friday. The series will conclude with a double header on Saturday beginning at 1PM EST.
Baseball Swept by Loyola
February 12, 2011
Baseball (6-3) was swept, 13-3 & 9-7, by Loyola College (6-7) in a Saturday afternoon double header in New Orleans, LA.
Loyola dominated game one from start to finish, scoring runs in four of the five innings. The game was called after four 1/2 innings due to the Run Rule. TU committed three errors in the game. Senior Jeremy Jones (1-1) took the loss, lasting only 1 2/3 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits.
Game two saw back and forth action with the two teams combining for sixteen runs but it was Loyola who came from behind to take the victory, double header sweep and three game series. With TU up 7-5 LC scored three runs in the fifth to take a 8-7 lead and added an insurance run in the sixth. Senior third baseman Danielle Blanton (1-3, 3 RBI, 2B) drove in three runs. Junior pitcher Jacob Davis (1-1) took the loss out of the pen, surrendering four runs (one earned) on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.
TU will next travel to Savannah, GA on Tuesday February 15 to face Savannah College of Art & Design in a single game beginning at 4PM.
Mancauskas Dominant in Victory
February 11, 2011
Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-0) was dominant in the 1-0 TU (6-1) victory over Loyola College this afternoon in New Orleans, LA.
Mankauskas went eight innnings and struck out eight in route to his third victory of the season. He now has 23 strikouts in twenty two innings pitched this season and is sporting a 1.64 era in the early going. Junior catcher Sergio Delgado (3-4, RBI, 2B) drove in the lone Night Hawks run with a two out double in the third inning. Senior relief pitcher Sean Medlin collected his 4th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The series concludes tomorrow with a double header beginning at 1PM EST.
February 5, 2011
TU (5-1) dropped their first game of the year in a double header split against the host Ave Maria University Gyrenes (5-2) this afternoon in Ave Maria, FL.
AMU scored two runs in the their half of the fifth to take a 4-3 and held TU off the board the final two innings. TU opened the game with a run in the first but the Gyrenes took the lead right back back with two in the bottom half of the inning. The Night Hawks once again took the lead in the fifth but AMU rallied in their half of the inning. Sophomore relief pitcher Nick Sutton (0-1) took the loss. Thomas committed three errors in the game.
In game two, TU opened up a 8-3 lead but AMU went down swinging scoring four in the seventh to make it a one run game before the Night Hawks could shut the door. Senior pitcher Rob Strecker (1-0) picked up the victory out of the pen with two innings plus. Junior Chris Cravotta (1-2, R, 3RBI, HR) hit a three run home run to give TU the lead in the sixth. Senior Sean Medlin collected the save.
Baseball will continue on the road as they next travel to New Orleans, LA to face Loyola College in a three game series beginning on Friday February 11 at 2PM.
Night Hawks Remain Unbeaten
February 4, 2011
The Night Hawks (3-0) remained unbeaten in the early going, coming from behind to defeat the Ave Maria University Gyrenes (4-1) 5-1 on Friday evening in Ave Maria, FL.
Junor starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-0) picked up his second victory of the year with eight solid innings of five hit ball, allowing one earned run and striking out 11. His efforts kept TU in the game, as the bats struggled to put any runs on the board in the early going. AMU scored in the first and seemed to be in position to overcome Mancauskas, until the Night Hawks rallied to tie in the seventh and then put the game away with four runs in the eighth. Sophomore shortstop Chris Velez (2-4, R, 2RBI) drove in two runs.
TU and AMU conclude the three game series with a double header tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1PM.
Baseball Sweeps Double Header and Three Game Series
January 30, 2011
Baseball (3-0) swept a double header on Sunday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium and swept a three game series from the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers (0-3).
TU was down by two runs and scored four runs in their half of the third and never looked back, tacking on two more runs to secure a 6-3 victory. Junior starting pitcher Kris Castellanos (1-0) went four innings and allowed three earned runs in the victory. Freshman first baseman Josh Bruijn (1-2, R, 2 RBI) drove in two runs.
In game two the Night Hawks took the early lead scoring single runs in the first two innings and adding two runs in each of the next two innings. SHC cut the deficit in half with three runs in the fifth but the bullpen shut the door and preserved the 6-3 victory and series sweep. Senior pitcher Jeremy Jones (1-0) picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief work. Junior Sergio Delgado (1-1, 2 RBI) drove in two runs.
The Night Hawks will be back in action next Friday February 4 at 7PM, when they open a three game set against Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL.
TU Wins Opener
January 29, 2011
TU (1-0) won their season opener on Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium, defeating the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers (0-1) 7-3.
The Night hawks opened up the scoring in the first inning when senior left fielder Joey Kampfer (1-4, R) scored from third on a throwing error after the Badgers attempted to pick him off of third. Kampfer singled to open up the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly after reaching second on a passed ball. SHC scored three in their half of the fourth to take the lead but TU made it a one run ball game with runs in the fifth and sixth. In the seventh, the Badgers imploded handing the Night Hawks the game by committing three errors which resulted in four runs on only two hits. Junior pinch hitter Mike Lane (1-1, 1B, 2RBI) drove in two runs in the inning with a pinch hit single. Junior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (1-0) picked up the victory after tossing six inings and allowing three earned runs on four hits.
First pitch for tomorrow's double header is set for 1PM. The game will be available live via Dakstats Webcast. Click Here to be directed to the page, then click on the "W" next to the game.
Night Hawks Ready for 2011 Opening Day
January 28, 2011
The Thomas University Night Hawks Baseball team will welcome the Spring Hill College Badgers for their 2011 Opening Day on Saturday January 29 at Varnedoe Stadium.
TU returns only 13 players from last years roster but return their 3 top starters on the mound. The Night Hawks will rely upon those 3 in the early going. Senior righty Brandon Owens (7-5, 5.59), senior lefty Jeremy Jones (8-1, 6.07) and junior righty Kurtis Mancauskas (5-4, 5.49) combined for 20 of the teams 33 wins in 2010. Senior outfielder Joey Kampfer will be counted on to repeat his stellar junior year after leading the team in hitting with a .390 batting average. Kampfer also led the team in triples (5).
First pitch for game one of the three game series is set for 4PM. The weekend set will conclude with a double header on Sunday beginning at 1PM.