2012 FINAL RECORD : 25-23
2012 FINAL AII RANKING: NR
2012 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Mancauskas Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete
May 31, 2012
TU senior pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (Ocala, FL) was recognized for his high academic standards as a student athlete for the Night Hawks during this past season. This was his second selection to the prestigious list.
A total of 259 baseball players across the country were recognized and Mancauskas was one of 16 student athletes from the Association of Independent Institutions to be named. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
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Three Baseball Players Selected to A.I.I. All Conference Team
May 11, 2012
Three members of the TU Baseball team were selected to the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions All Conference Team. One named to second team.
Seniors Chris Cravotta (Ormond Beach, FL) and Joey Kampfer (Jacksonville, FL) along with junior Jesse Piccolo (Flagler Beach, FL) were named to the list that honors the Top 17 players in the A.I.I. for their outstanding 2012 seasons. Cravotta received his second nod to the All Conference Team after having a consistent season in right field for the Night Hawks, batting .389 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. Kampfer was TU's most dynamic player the whole season attacking opponents from the lead off spot, finishing the year with a .447 batting average while stealing 24 bases. The center fielder set the single season mark for stolen bases, most at bats (188), and hits (84) while tying the mark for triples (6). Kampfer will also leave Thomas as the All time Career leader in Batting Average (.414) and Stolen Bases (38). Piccolo, in his first season as a Night Hawks, showed a lot of versatility playing multiple positions throughout the year hitting .324 with a .412 Slugging % while finishing third on the team in Runs Batted In (26). Senior pitcher Jacob Davis (Alachua, FL) was named to the second team after posting a 7-3 record with a 4.67 era.
TU ended their season after going 1-2 in the A.I.I. Tournament but head into the off season with high expectations for 2013.
Night Hawks Eliminated from A.I.I. Tournament
May 4, 2012
The Night Hawks were eliminated from the 2012 A.I.I. Baseball Conference Tournament this afternoon with a 8-6 loss against Dakota State University (27-25) in San Marcos, CA.
TU opened the scoring with two runs in the third before DSU exploded for four runs in the bottom half of the inning and extended their lead to four runs with two more in the home half of the fourth. The Night Hawks got a run back in the top of the seventh but Dakota responded with two more runs in the seventh, opening up a 8-3 lead. Down by five runs and facing elimination in the eighth, TU showed their pride by rallying to score three runs and cutting the DSU lead to two. Dakota State shut down the rally and would shut the door on the TU season with a 1-2-3 ninth. Thomas swung the bat well, compiling 12 hits in the game but would strand nine runners in all. Freshman third baseman Austin Corbitt (2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) drove in two runs. Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (2-5, R, RBI, 2 SB) ended his record setting season with two more hits and two more stolen bases, finishing 84 hits and 24 stolen bases. Freshman starting pitcher Neal Hunter (1-3) took the loss, tossing 3 2/3 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits.
DSU advances in the tournament to face Arizona Christian University, while TU ends their season at 25-23.
Arizona Christian Knocks Off Baseball
May 3, 2012
Arizona Christian University (29-18) knocked off Baseball (25-22), 13-10, in game six of the 2012 A.I.I. Baseball Conference Tournament in San Marcos, CA.
Down 4-0, TU scored two in the third and four in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead. ACU struck back with three in the fifth but the Night Hawks bounced back with four runs in the sixth. Senior first baseman Mike Lane (1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) had the big hit in the inning with a three run home run. Arizona Christian scored five in the bottom half of the inning and added an insurance run in the seventh to secure the win. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-3, R, 3 RBI, 2B) drove in three runs. In his worst defeat of the season senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (7-3) allowed twelve runs (ten earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Thomas must win tomorrow when they face Dakota State University in an elimination game beginning at 12PM EST.
TU Baseball Rolls in A.I.I. Tourney Game One
May 2, 2012
Fourth seeded TU (25-21) rolled to a 14-4 game one win over #3 Mayville State University (32-18) at the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament in San Marcos, CA.
The Night Hawks knocked around MSU pitching for 20 hits, scoring runs in 6 out of 8 innings. Leading 7-1, TU broke the game wide open with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (6-6, 4 R, 2 RBI) collected six hits and broke the single season hits mark of 75 that was previouly set by Ryan Stovall in 2009. Fellow senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-4, 2B, 4 RBI) drove in four runs. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (5-5) tossed six innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits.
TU moves into the winners bracket and will face #5 Arizona Christian University at 7PM EST tomorrow. Be sure to follow the action via Webcast by clicking HERE.
A.I.I. Baseball Conference Tournament Pairings Announced
April 23, 2012
(Courtesy of A.I.I. Sports Information)
The seeding and pairings for the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Baseball Championships, to be held May 2-5, at California State University-San Marcos, have been announced by conference commissioner Ted Breidenthal.
The A.I.I. Tournament features a double-elimination format, and both the champion and runner-up move into the fourth annual NAIA National Baseball Championship opening round, May 10-14, at nine different sites across the nation. Each location features a five-team double-elimination tournament; the 46 qualifiers for the opening round will be announced on May 6.
Host Cal State San Marcos (24-18) received the number one seed for the A.I.I. Tournament and meets number six seed Dakota State University (23-24) from South Dakota, Wednesday, May 2, at 12:30 p.m. Jamestown College (28-14-1) from North Dakota received the number two seed and meets number five seed Arizona Christian University (27-18), Wednesday, May 2, at 9 a.m. Number three seed Mayville State University (29-16) from North Dakota takes on number four seed Thomas University (24-21) from Georgia at 4 p.m., May 2.
The loser of the CSU-San Marcos vs. Dakota State game takes on the loser of the Jamestown vs. Arizona Christian game, Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m., and Thursday's 12:30 game features the loser of Wednesday's Mayville State vs. Dakota State game against the winner of Wednesday's CSU-San Marcos vs. Dakota State game. The winner of Wednesday's Jamestown vs. Arizona Christian game meets the winner of Wednesday's Mayville State vs. Thomas clash at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 3.
The tournament continues on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.
Walk Off Win for TU Seniors
April 21, 2012
TU (24-21) and their eight seniors walked off with a 1-0 win in ten innings over Edward Waters College (22-18) on Senior day at Varnedoe Stadium. Game two was cancelled due to a weather front that pushed thru the Thomasville area at the conclusion of game one.
A pitchers duel was decided in the tenth when the Night Hawks finally broke thru on a run scoring single by junior catcher Jesse Piccolo (1-4, RBI). TU had their chances throughout the game stranding eleven runners on base while outhitting EWC 8-6. Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis picked up a no decision in his final home start for the Night Hawks. The native of Alachua, FL tossed five innings of shutout ball. Davis leads the team in wins (7). Fellow senior Joey Kampfer (3-5) continued his torrid season with three hits and will end the regular season with a .434 average, placing him third on the All Time list for highest single season batting average. Kampfer stole one base to extend his single season stolen base record to 22. The native of Jacksonville, FL also sits in second on the single season list for hits with 75 and is tied for first with six triples this season. Sophomore relief pitcher Ben Overman (5-3) picked up the win with five innings of two hit, shutout ball.
The game marked the final home game for six other seniors; outfielder Chris Cravotta (Ormond Beach, FL), catcher Sergio Delgado (Tampa, FL), infielder Mike Lane (McIntosh, FL), outfielder Ryan Lummus (Dublin, GA), pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (Ocala, FL) and infielder Alex Williams (Tallahassee, FL) who had two hits in the game.
Thomas will now await the announcement of their seed for the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Tournament to be played May 2-5 in San Marcos, CA.
Baseball Game Rained Out
April 18, 2012
A Wednesday evening game against NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University at Varnedoe Stadium was cancelled due to rain.
The game will not be replayed.
Night Hawks Split, Drop Weekend Series with Talladega
April 14, 2012
The Night Hawks (23-21) split a double header on Saturday afternoon in Talladega, AL, dropping the weekend series with Talladega College (22-16) two games to one.
Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-2, R, 4 RBI, GS) broke open a 4-2 game with a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning, leading TU to a 8-2 game one victory. On the mound, senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (7-2) picked up his seventh victory of the season with yet another solid performance, allowing two earned while scattering six hits in five innings of work. Talladega rallied late in game two benefiting from two Thomas errors to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-3 lead. TU rallied in their half of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, before TC shut the door for the win and series victory. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (4-5) suffered the tough luck loss after striking out thirteen over six innings and allowing five runs (three earned). Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (1-4, R, RBI, HR) led off the game with a home run to left field. Kampfer racked up four hits on the day and is now hitting .429, leaving him one / one thousandth of a point from the third highest single season batting average by a Night Hawk.
Thomas enters the final week of their regular season with three home games to wrap things up. Thomas will face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University on Wednesday at 5PM.
Ninth Inning Rally Leads Talladega to Walk Off Victory over TU
April 13, 2012
A ninth inning rally led Talladega College (21-15) to a 7-6 walk off victory over TU (22-20) on Friday evening in Talladega, AL.
Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) gave the Night Hawks a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. TU added a run in the sixth, extending their lead to three. TC made it a one run game with two runs in the seventh. Thomas struck back with a run in their half of the ninth before Talladega's heroics ended the game. Freshman relief pitcher Adam Burton (1-1) did not make it out of the ninth after allowing three earned runs on four hits in the losing effort.
The Night Hawks will need a sweep of tomorrow's double header if they are going to secure their sixth series victory of the season. First pitch of game one is set for 3PM EST.
Thomas Sweeps Spring Hill
April 10, 2012
Thomas Baseball (22-19) swept a Tuesday afternoon double header, 10-1 & 9-5, over Spring Hill College (19-23) in Mobile, AL.
Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (4-3) allowed one run over six innings in the game one victory. Three different Night Hawks drove in two runs, senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (5-5, 2B, 2 SB, 2 RBI) had another big game after collecting five hits and driving in two. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-4, 2B, SB, 2 RBI) also drove in two runs with three hits. Tied at five, TU broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the top of the ninth sparked by a run scoring double off the bat of junior second baseman Brett White (2-2, R, 2B, RBI). Freshman relief pitcher Adam Burton (1-0) picked up the win out of the pen with two innings of work, allowing one run on four hits. Cravotta (2-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Kampfer (3-5, 2 R, SB, RBI) carried the offense once again combining for five hits and four runs batted in. Kampfer now leads the team with a .422 batting average and 21 stolen bases, while compiling 18 multi hits game this season. Cravotta leads the Night Hawks with 30 runs batted in.
TU will open their last road series of the year on Friday when they travel to Talladega, AL to open a three game set against Talladega College. The teams will play a single game on Friday at 4PM and wrap up the weekend series with a double header on Saturday.
Victory Gives TU Weekend Series
April 7, 2012
A 8-5 victory over Louisiana State University - Alexandria (10-21) gave TU (20-19) the 2-1 weekend series win on Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
TU took a 4-1 advantage in their half of the third only to allow LSUA to retake the lead after scoring four runs in their half of the fourth. Thomas used single runs in the fourth and fifth to tie and than take the one run advantage, adding some insurance runs late for their fifth series victory of the season. Senior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancuaskas (4-3) collected the complete game win, allowing five runs (two earned) on eleven hits. Junior catcher Jesse Piccolo (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) stayed hot, driving in two runs and finished the series 7 for 10 with five runs batted in and a home run. Freshman designated hitter Corey Conway (1-4, R, RBI, HR) hit a solo home run.
The Night Hawks will next open a stretch of five road games on Tuesday when they travel to Mobile, AL for a double header against Spring Hill College beginning at 4PM.
April 6, 2012
Baseball (19-19) split a Friday evening double header, 2-9 & 4-3, with Louisiana State Univesity - Alexandria (10-20) at Varnedoe Stadium.
LSUA used 18 hits and scored runs in four out of the seven innings for the game one victory. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (4-4) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on fifteen hits over six innings of work. The Night Hawks were limited to four hits. Junior catcher Jesse Piccolo (3-3, R, 2RBI, HR) helped lead TU to a split of the double header after driving in two and hitting a home run. Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (6-2) continued his stellar season with the complete game victory. Davis scattered eight hits while striking out eight.
TU will look for the series victory tomorrow with a single game beginning at 12PM.
VSU Too Much For Night Hawks
April 4, 2012
NCAA D2 Valdosta State University (18-11) proved to be too much for the Night Hawks (18-18) this time around, in a 10-0 eight inning run rule victory on Wednesday night in Valdosta, GA.
TU was limited to only two hits in the game and committed four errors while VSU collected 14 hits. Valdosta took the first inning lead and never looked back, avenging a 5-3 loss to the Night Hawks back in March. Junior starting pitcher Blake Williams (0-2) took the loss.
Baseball will look to rebound back at home on Friday when they welcome Louisiana State University - Alexandria for a three game set. The teams will open the weekend series with a double header starting at 4PM and will wrap things up on Saturday with a single game beginning at 12PM.
Thomas Wins Rain Delayed Game
April 3, 2012
Thomas (18-17) won a rain delayed game over the visiting SCAD - Savannah Bees (23-20) on Tuesday evening at Varnedoe Stadium.
After a 2 1/2 hour delay due to afternoon thunderstorms, the Night Hawks used a four run fourth inning to top the Bees 5-3. Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (3-3) picked up his third victory of the year with 5 1/3 innings of work. Senior designated hitter Sergio Delgado (1-2, 2 RBI) drove in two runs.
Baseball will next travel to Valdosta to face NCAA D2 Valdosta State University tomorrow evening at 5PM. Two weeks ago the Night Hawks topped VSU 7-3 at Varnedoe Stadium.
Kampfer Breaks Stolen Base Mark, TU Splits
March 27, 2012
Senior centerfielder Joey Kampfer stole four bases in a double header this afternoon in Mobile, AL, breaking the individual mark for both single season (15) and career (28). TU (17-17) split the double header in Mobile, AL against the University of Mobile (17-17).
Kampfer stole two bases in each game leaving him atop the list of All Time Night Hawks with 32 career stolen bases and the single season mark of 18. At the dish, Kampfer had a career day going 5-9 with 4 stolen bases, 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, a walk and a run batted in. The Night Hawks needed ten innings in game one to top UM 8-6. In the tenth, Kampfer doubled in the eventual winning run and came around to score a much needed insurance run. Junior catcher Jesse Piccolo (1-4, 3 RBI, 2 SF) drove in three runs. Junior relief pitcher Nick Sutton (1-2) picked up the win in relief of senior Jacob Davis. Sutton tossed three scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. TU blew a 3-1 game two lead in the bottom of the fifth, allowing four runs and another in the sixth. Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (2-3) lasted four innings, allowing four earned runs in the losing effort. Piccolo (2-4, 2 RBI) drove in two more runs in game two.
The Night Hawks return to action next Tuesday April 3rd when they host SCAD- Savannah in a single game beginning at 6PM.
Baseball Splits on the Road With NAIA #5 Embry Riddle
March 25, 2012
Baseball (16-16) split a Sunday afternoon double header in Daytona Beach, FL against NAIA Pre Season #5 Embry Riddle University (26-9).
TU stranded ten runners in a 5-3 game one loss, outhitting ERU 11-4. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (4-3) took the tough loss, limiting Embry Riddle to four hits over six innings but struggling with his control early and walking three. Stoker did not allow a hit or a base runner after the third, mowing down the next nine batters in a row. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-4, R, 2B) collected three hits. The Night Hawks took advantage of four ERU errors to take game two 4-3. Senior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (3-3) evened his record at .500 with a complete game victory. Mancauskas allowed three run (two earned) on five hits. Senior designated hitter Mike Lane (1-4, 2 RBI) drove in two runs.
Thomas will remain on the road, traveling to Mobile, AL for a double header against the University of Mobile on Tuesday March 27. First pitch is slated for 2PM EST.
Night Hawks Find Groove, Top NCAA D2 VSU
March 21, 2012
The Night Hawks (15-15) found their groove this evening, topping NCAA D2 Valdosta State University (13-8), 7-3, on Wednesday evening at Varnedoe Stadium.
Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (5-2) had yet another solid outing limiting VSU to two earned runs on seven hits over six innings of work. Sophomore relief pitcher Ben Overman picked up his first save of the season, tossing three innings out of the pen and holing the Blazers to one earned run on three hits. The TU bats were efficient, collecting ten hits and only stranding four runners on base. Five different Night Hawks combined to drive in five runs. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (1-3, 2 R, RBI, HR) drove in his team leading 23rd run on a solo home run. Cravotta now leads the team with four home runs on the season.
TU will look to make it two in a row on Sunday March 25th when they travel to Daytona Beach, FL to face NAIA Pre Season #5 Embry Riddle University in a double header beginning at 2PM
NAIA #13 AUM Drops Thomas
March 20, 2012
NAIA Pre Season #13 Auburn University - Montgomery (19-14) dropped Thomas (14-15), 9-1, in a single game played this afternoon in Ozark, AL.
AUM broke open a 2-1 game in the bottom of the sixth, by scoring seven runs in their last three at bats. Junior pitcher Trent Stoker (4-2) took the hard luck loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings of work. TU was limited to six hits and committed four errors in the game.
The Night Hawks will look to bounce back tomorrow when they welcome NCAA D2 Valdosta State University to Varnedoe Stadium for a single game beginning at 5PM.
TU and NAIA #8 Faulkner Split Double Header
March 13, 2012
TU (14-14) and NAIA Pre Season #8 Faulkner University (21-7) split a Tuesday afternoon double header, 5-2 & 5-14, in Columbus, GA.
Back to back home runs by senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-3, R, 2 RBI, HR) and junior first baseman Chris Weaver (1-4, R, RBI, HR) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh and gave the Night Hawks a three run lead. Junior relief pitcher Ben Overman (2-2) than stranded two Faulkner runners in the bottom of the inning to secure the win after tossing three scoreless innings out of the pen.
Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (4-2) lasted only 1 1/3 innings, surrendering six earned runs, in the game two defeat. The Night Hawks pitching staff surrendered 3 home runs in the game. Cravotta (2-4, 2 RBI) drove in his team leading 19th run.
Thomas will look to build off the split against a top 10 opponent on Tuesday March 20th when they face Auburn Univerisity - Montgomery in Ozark, AL. The nine inning game is scheduled to begin at 4PM EST.
Walsh Tops Night Hawks Again
March 10, 2012
Walsh University (7-8) topped the Night Hawks (13-13), 4-0, for the second time in two days on day three of the Warner Invitational.
WU scored once in the bottom of the first and added an insurance run in the fourth before putting the game out of reach with two runs in the sixth inning. Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (2-1) took the loss, yielding two earned runs on eight hits in four innings of work. TU was limited to five hits, senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (2-3) had two of the five Thomas hits. The Night Hawks finish the Warner Invitational at 1-4 and have dropped six of their last eight games.
TU will be back on the road, Tuesday March 13th, when they travel to Columbus, GA for a nine inning game against Faulkner University at 12PM.
Night Hawks Split Behind Stoker's Dominant Outing
March 9, 2012
Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (4-1) was dominant in game two helping lead the Night Hawks (13-12) to a day two split at the Warner Invitational.
Stoker went all the way for his fourth win of the year, striking out nine in the 8-1 TU win over the host Warner University Royals (15-14). With Warner leading by one after four, the Thomas bats exploded for eight runs on seven hits in the next two innings after being limited to one hit thru four. Senior shortstop Alex Williams (1-3, 2B, SF, 3RBI) drove in three runs.
In game one Thomas took an early lead, scoring a first inning run as they did in game one yesterday. Like yesterday, the Night Hawks gave up the lead when Walsh University (6-7) scored three in their half of the third to take a lead that TU was unable to come back from. Senior pitcher Jacob Davis (4-1) lost his first game of the year after allowing three earned runs in a complete game effort.
Thomas will seek revenge tomorrow in the consolation bracket when they once again face Walsh at 9:30AM in day three of the invitational.
TU Drops Two at Warner Invitational
March 8, 2012
TU (12-11) dropped two games this afternoon on day one of the Warner Invitational in Lake Wales, FL.
With the Night Hawks leading 1-0 entering the top of the third of game one, Sienna Heights University (8-3) tied the game with a run and took the lead with another in the fourth. SHU would extend their lead to three with two in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Junior pitcher Blake Williams (0-1) surrendered three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings for the loss out of the pen. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-4, 2B, RBI) had three hits and drove in the Night Hawks only run of the game.
Bellevue University (7-9) opened up a three run lead in game two before TU rallied for three runs in the top half of the third. With the game notched at three, BU took the lead for good with a run on three hits in their half of the sixth and shut the door in the seventh after a lead off walk for the Night Hawks. Senior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-3) suffered another tough loss after working six innings and allowing four runs (two earned). The gloves once again let down TU, committing three errors in the game.
The invitational continues tomorrow in Lake Wales, FL with TU facing Walsh University (12:30PM) and the host Warner University Royals (3:30PM).
Thomas Baseball Tames NCAA D2 Eckerd
March 6, 2012
Thomas Baseball (12-9) tamed a hot NCAA D2 Eckerd College (11-5) with a 6-3 victory on Tuesday evening in St. Petersburg, FL.
Eckerd came into the game riding a seven game winning streak but TU was able to take advantage of five errors to lead them to victory. Down by one entering the third, the Night Hawks would score single runs in the third and fifth followed by two in the sixth and eighth. Sophomore pitcher Joey Vitello (1-1) picked up the victory out of the pen, working three innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. Five different Night Hawks drove in a run.
TU has Wednesday off before continuing their annual Florida Spring Break trip with their participation in the Warner University Invitational. On Thursday Thomas will face Siena Heights University (9:30AM) and Bellevue University (2:00PM).
Night Hawks Burned by Fire
March 5, 2012
The Night Hawks (11-9) were burned by the host Southeastern University Fire (12-10) dropping a double header, 1-11 & 0-4, this afternoon in Lakeland, FL.
TU took a one run lead in the first inning of game one but allowed runs in the second, fourth and fifth as Southeastern built a ten run lead that Thomas would be unable to overcome stranding six runners. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (3-1) was roughed up, lasting only three innings while allowing three earned runs. The day went from bad to worse for Thomas, dropping game two while being limited to three hits. Senior pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-2) suffered the loss out of the pen, allowing three earned runs in two innings of work. Only two Night Hawks collected hits, senior shortstop Alex Williams (2-3) had two hits.
Baseball will continue their annual Florida Spring Break trip tomorrow when they travel to St. Petersburg, FL for a single game against NCAA D2 Eckerd College beginning at 7PM.
Walk Off Victory in Game Two Gives TU Split
February 29, 2012
A 4-3 walk off victory in game two gave TU (11-7) a split of a double header with the visiting University of Mobile Rams (4-11) after dropping game one 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
UM held a 2-0 lead entering the home half of the fourth in game one. TU rallied to score five runs in the inning but failed to hold the lead after allowing five runs in the top of the sixth. Mobile added an insurance run in the seventh. Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (1-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Night Hawks committed four errors in the game. Sophomore designated hitter Hugh Russell Lee (1-3, 3RBI) drove in three runs.
Lee (1-2, R, 2RBI) scored the walk off run on a one out bases loaded single by senior shortstop Alex Williams (2-4, 2RBI) in the bottom of the seventh of game two. Down by three with one out in the seventh, the Night Hawks rallied with four runs on five hits for the victory. Lee drove in two runs to make it a two run ball game on a bases loaded single earlier in the inning. Freshman relief pitcher Neal Hunter (1-2) earned the victory after tossing a hitless seventh inning.
The Night Hawks will be off till Monday March 5th when they open their annual Florida Spring Break trip with a double header against Southeastern University beginning at 4PM in Lakeland, FL.
Double Header Sweep Gives Thomas Fourth Series Victory of the Season
February 25, 2012
A double header sweep of Talladega College (5-8) on Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium, gave Thomas (10-6) their fourth series victory of the season.
Four runs in the bottom of the first proved to be all the runs TU would need in a 4-2 game one victory. Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (1-3, R, SB) scored the games first run on a stolen base after leading off the inning with a base hit. A no out bases loaded single later in the inning by senior catcher Sergio Delgado (1-2, 2RBI) would drive in two more runs. Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (3-0) would handle the rest, going all the way for his third victory of the year. Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (4-0) tossed a one hit gem in game two and junior first baseman Chris Weaver (1-2, RBI, BB) broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a single to left. Thomas would plate an insurance run later in the inning for a 3-1 series clinching victory. Davis went all the way, striking out eight and walking only one batter over the seven innings of work, holding Talladega hitless over the last four innings of the game.
TU will next welcome the University of Mobile to Varnedoe Stadium for a double header on Tuesday February 28. First pitch is set for 2PM.
TU Errors Hand Talladega Victory
February 24, 2012
Nine Errors by TU (8-6) handed the visiting Talladega College Tornadoes (5-6) a 17-10 victory on Friday afternoon at a soggy Varnedoe Stadium.
The Night Hawks opened an early 4-0 lead with two runs in each of their first two at bats. TC would even things up in the top of the fifth with four runs that were aided by two Thomas errors but TU bounced back with a run in their half of the inning to retake the lead. In the top of the sixth inning, things got ugly as five errors and six hits led to eight Tornado runs. Single runs for Thomas in the seventh and eighth made it a five run game but the bullpen would allow five more runs on four hits and another error to give Talladega a commanding ten run lead. TU would scratch out three more runs in their last at bat but it would not be enough to overcome the Night Hawks sloppiest performance of the season. Senior pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-1) suffered the loss. At the plate, Thomas did swing the bat well piling up fourteen hits but were unable to bring them around, stranding 13 runners. First pitch of the game was delayed by four hours due to thunderstorms in the Thomasville area.
TU will look to bounce back tomorrow as the three game set concludes with a double header beginning at 1PM.
Dominant Pitching Stifles Hurricanes
February 21, 2012
Dominant pitching by TU (8-5) stifled the NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (1-9), 7-2, on Tuesday afternoon in Americus, GA.
Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Overman (1-0) went 6 1/3 innings for the dominant victory. Overman limited GSW to three hits and two earned runs while striking out nine. The pen tossed 2 2/3 innings of no hit ball, striking out four along the way. Senior first baseman Sergio Delgado (2-4, R, 2RBI) drove in two runs while senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (3-5, R, RBI, SB) raised his batting average to .420 after collecting 3 hits.
Thomas returns home on Friday as they open a three game series with Talladega College. The teams will open the weekend set with a nine inning game on Friday beginning at 2:30PM, followed by a double header on Saturday beginning at 1PM.
Baseball Drops Series Finale
February 18, 2012
Baseball (7-5) dropped the series finale, 8-3, against the host SCAD-Savannah Bees (11-6) on Saturday afternoon in Savannah, GA.
Thomas held a one run lead in the home half of the sixth when SCAD plated two to take the lead and scored five in the last two innings to pull away for the victory. Freshman relief pitcher Neal Hunter (0-2) took the loss out of the pen, lasting only a third of an inning while allowing two earned runs. Senior catcher Sergio Delgado (1-2, 2RBI, BB) drove in two runs.
TU will return to the diamond on Tuesday when they travel to Americus, GA to face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University in a single game beginning at 5PM.
Night Hawks Bounce Back, Sweep SCAD
February 17, 2012
The Night Hawks (7-4) bounced back from Wednesday's disappointing performance by sweeping the host SCAD- Savannah Bees (10-6), 4-3 & 7-1, on Friday afternoon in Savannah, GA.
TU opened up a 4-1 lead after 5 1/2 innings and than held on as the Bees made it a one run game late. Junior first baseman Jesse Piccolo (2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB) had two hits and drove in a run. Thomas received an outstanding performance on the mound, with junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (2-0) going all the way for his second win of the year. Stoker allowed three earned runs on eight hits, while striking out nine.
With the score tied at one entering the third inning of game two, the Night Hawks sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on seven hits while benefiting from a SCAD error to take a 7-1 lead. The way senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (3-0) was pitching, TU only needed one more run as Davis kept the Bees off balance all evening on route to a complete game two hitter. Six different Night Hawks drove in runs, including senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-3, R, RBI, 2B, SF) who had three hits and drove in his team leading fifteenth run of the year.
Thomas will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 12PM.
NAIA #5 ERU Walks Away With Victory Over TU
February 15, 2012
NAIA Pre Season #5 Embry Riddle University (8-2) walked away with a 9-6 victory over TU (5-4) on Wednesday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
The Night Hawks jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held ERU to only six hits but a combination 10 walks, 3 hit by pitch and 2 errors allowed Embry Riddle to come from behind and eventually put the game away with five runs in the last four innings. "We had a good weekend throwing strikes but were all over the plate today", said TU Head Coach Mike Lee. Senior shortstop Alex Williams (2-5, R, 2RBI, 2B) and senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-5, 2RBI, 2B) each had two runs batted in. Sophomore relief pitcher Joey Vitello (0-1) took the loss after allowing three earned runs in in two innings of work.
Thomas will look to rebound from the disappointing loss on Friday when they open up a three game series in Savannah, GA against SCAD-Savannah. The single game on Friday begins at 3PM followed by a double dip on Saturday beginning at 12PM.
Game Against Embry Riddle Rescheduled
February 13, 2012
High probability of inclement weather tomorrow has forced TU Baseball to reschedule their game against NAIA Pre Season #5 Embry Riddle University.
The game, originally scheduled for 3PM tomorrow, will now be played on Wednesday February 15. First pitch remains at 3PM.
Weaver's Bat Helps TU Clinch Weekend Series, Drop Finale
February 11, 2012
Junior third baseman Chris Weaver (3-3, R, 2RBI, BB, 2B, HR) carried a big bat this afternoon, helping TU (5-3) clinch the weekend series against Loyola University (8-3) with a 8-2 game one victory on Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium. LU took the series finale 13-8 in eight innings.
Weaver gave the Night Hawks a two run lead with a run scoring double in the bottom of the first and led off the fifth with a solo home run. He would add a single in the home half of the sixth, leaving him a triple short of hitting for the cycle. TU hit three home runs in the game receiving additional long ball contributions from senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (1-2, R, 2RBI, HR) and senior left fielder Ryan Lummus (1-3, R, RBI, BB, HR). Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (2-0) tossed six solid innings for the win, striking out eight and allowing 2 earned runs.
Sloppy defense in game two cost the Night Hawks a chance at a series sweep, committing six errors that led to 10 unearned runs. Junior relief pitcher Nick Sutton (0-2) took the loss after allowing six runs (one earned) in the top of the eighth, due mostly in part to three TU errors in the inning. Weaver drove in two more runs in game two and finished the day with four hits and four runs batted in. Thomas left nine runners on base.
Baseball will complete their nine game season opening home stand with a visit by NAIA Pre Season #5 Embry Riddle University, for a single game on Tuesday February 14 beginning at 3PM.
Night Hawks Hammer Loyola
February 10, 2012
The Night Hawks (4-2) picked up their fourth win of the year with a 11-2 hammering of Loyola University (7-2) on Friday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
Junior starting pitcher Trent Stoker (1-0) tossed 7 2/3 dominant innings inning's for his first victory of the year. Stoker allowed only one earned run on three hits. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-5, 3R, 2RBI, 2B, HR) broke out of an early season slump with a two RBI performance and a solo home run in the bottom of the third. TU put the game away early, opening up a six run lead after four innings and adding five more runs in the final innings of the game. Junior first baseman Jesse Piccolo (2-3, R, 2RBI, BB, HR) also broke out after a slow start with a home run and two runs batted in. Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (2-4, HBP) stayed hot with two more hits and is now 9-20 to start the season.
TU will look for the series win in a double header tomorrow beginning at 1PM.
Baseball Walks Off a Winner in Game One, Fails to Sweep Double Header
February 7, 2012
Baseball (3-2) had a walk off 8-7 victory in game one of a double header but was unable to sweep the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers (1-1), falling 5-3 in game two this afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
A four run rally in the bottom of the seventh propelled TU to a walk off victory over the Badgers. Junior pinch hitter Brett White (0-1, R) came around to score the game winner on a SHC throwing error, after reaching base on a walk earlier in the inning. Senior center fielder Joey Kampfer (1-3, 2R, BB) got the rally started with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a base hit by senior shortstop Alex Williams (2-3, R). After a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Kampfer scored on a walk to White. Back to back sacrifice flies by junior first baseman Jesse Piccolo (0-3, RBI, SF) and junior third baseman Chris Weaver (2-3, R, RBI) tied the game and moved the winning run to third. TU had come back earlier in the game from a three run hole after going down 4-1, in the bottom of the fifth senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (1-3, 2R, 3RBI, HR) drilled the first pitch he faced over the left field fence to even things up at four. Senior pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (2-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen after tossing four innings and allowing three unearned runs on four hits.
In game two the roles were reversed with TU taking a one run lead in the first and holding it until a Badger rally plated three runs in the fourth. The Night Hawks made it a one run game in the sixth when Kampfer (2-2, 2R, 2BB, 3B, SB) stole home with one out and nobody on base after leading off the inning with a triple. SHC stretched their lead to three in their half of the seventh but Thomas was unable to muster up any late inning heroics in game two, scoring only one run before having the door shut on them. Freshman pitcher Neal Hunter (0-1) took the loss out of the pen, allowing five earned runs on six hits in five innings of work.
The Night Hawks continue their season opening home stand on Friday at 4PM, when they welcome Loyola University for game one of a three game series that concludes with a double header on Saturday afternoon.
Montreat Tops TU in Series Finale
January 29, 2012
Montreat College (1-2) topped TU (2-1), 6-3, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
The Cavaliers of Montreat took a two run advantage in the top of the first. Thomas tied the game with single runs in the second and fourth, than took the lead in the seventh on a run scoring single by junior pinch hitter Brett White (1-1, RBI). Up by one in the ninth, the TU bullpen was unable to close the door allowing three runs to give the Cavaliers a 6-3 lead. Montreat did not waste the opportunity to secure the victory setting down the Night Hawks one-two-three in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore second baseman Hugh Russell Lee stayed hot in the series finale going 2-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored. Lee is now 6 of 11 with three doubles and six RBI's in the early going. Junior Nick Sutton (0-1) suffered the loss allowing three earned runs while not recording an out in the ninth.
TU will be back at home for a double header against Spring Hill College on Tuesday February 7, beginning at 3PM.
Night Hawks Sweep Double Header in Season Opener
January 28, 2012
The Night Hawks (1-0) opened the season with a double header sweep of Montreat College (0-2) on Saturday afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium.
TU used five errors by the Montreat defense to score 11 runs in the regular season and home opener. Senior outfielder Joey Kampfer (1-3, 2R, 2RBI) opened the home half of the first with a base hit and came around to score later in the inning on a run scoring single by senior first baseman Mike Lane (1-2, RBI, 2BB). TU would tack on another run for the early 2-0 lead after one but allowed the Cavaliers of Montreat right back in the game with two runs in the top of the second. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, sophomore second baseman Hugh Russell Lee (2-4, 2R, 2RBI, 2B) put TU back in front with a bases loaded double to deep right-center. Two more runs in the inning gave Thomas a 6-3 advantage that Montreat would be unable to overcome with the Night Hawks tacking on three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. TU stole three bases and showed great discipline at the plate collecting six walks. Senior starting pitcher Jacob Davis (1-0) went six innings in the victory, allowing four earned runs on nine hits.
In game two, the Night Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the second and extended their lead to 7-1 with four more runs in the third. TU broke the game wide open with four more runs in the fifth to clinch the season opening double header sweep. The Thomas bats exploded for 12 hits including four Night Hawks with two hit games. Senior designated hitter Sergio Delgado (1-3, R, 4RBI) drove in four runs. Lee's (2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI) bat stayed hot in game two driving in two more runs on two hits. Senior right fielder Chris Cravotta (3-7, 4RBI) drove in four runs on the day. Senior starting pitcher Kurtis Mancauskas (1-0) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings of work.
Thomas will go for the season opening series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1PM.
TU Baseball to Open 2012 Season on Saturday
January 27 2012
Thomas University will open their 2012 season on Saturday Afternoon at Varnedoe Stadium with a double header set to begin at 1PM.
TU will face the Montreat College Cavaliers looking to rebound from a 19-29 season that saw them come one win short of reaching the 2011 A.I.I. Conference Tournament Championship game. Montreat is coming of a 18-31 season that saw them go two and out in the 2011 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Night Hawks return only 10 players from their 2011 roster but are confident that the strong core of returning starters will mesh quickly with a talented group of recruits to lead TU to a spot in the 2012 A.I.I. Conference Tournament to be played in San Marcos, CA. This years roster features 6 seniors, 8 juniors, 4 sophomores and 9 freshman, giving the Night Hawks a great core for the future beyond this season.
"We are looking forward to this season", said TU Head Coach Mike Lee. "Our team will be more athletic than last year and we also feel that we have more depth in many positions. We are looking for big seasons out of senior Chris Cravotta and senior Kurtis Mancauskas, both are returning senior leaders that are coming off good seasons. In our recruiting class we were able to address our offense and our pitching by adding a pair of juniors, Chris Weaver and Trent Stoker".
Mancauskas started 13 games for the Night Hawks and compiled a 3-5 record while posting a 5.54 era and striking out 45. Cravotta hit .347 in 35 games, while driving in 26 runs and smacking five home runs. Stoker is a transfer from St. Petersburg College where he recorded a 5-0 mark on the mound while striking out 40 in 37 innings. Weaver comes to TU after two seasons at Alabama Southern Community College where he hit .285 and hit 10 home runs in 2011.
The season opening series will conclude with a single game on Sunday beginning at 1PM.
Night Hawks in The Pro's
July 24, 2011
Two former Night Hawks currently playing pro ball recently achieved personal milestones in their professional careers.
Former TU shortstop Ryan Stovall, drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft, was recently promoted to Class A- Wilmington (Advanced) of the Carolina League. Stovall was promoted from Class A Kane County after batting .307 and hitting a team high eight home runs, while driving in 31 runs.
Rob Strecker, class of 2011,recently signed a free agent contract with Independent League Roswell Invaders. In his first appearance for the Invaders he went a 1/3 of an inning, allowing two runs against the Carlsbad Bats.
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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Baseball Adds Updike to Coaching Staff
July 1, 2011
Baseball has added Jon Updike to their 2011-12 coaching staff as an assistant coach, Head Baseball Coach Mike Lee announced.
Updike joins TU after spending the last four years at Seminole State College serving in the same capacity. His primary responsibility will be to manage the day to day coaching and operations of the newly introduced Junior Varsity team.
The native of Apopka, FL was drafted out of Manatee Community College by the Seattle Mariners in the 28th Round of the 1993 Major League Baseball amateur entry draft. After spending three years in the Mariners oorganization, he spent parts of four other years as part of the Mariners, Brewers and three Independent League teams.
TU Adds Two Sports
June 13, 2011
Thomas University has added two sports for the Fall of 2011, the first stage in an expansion of the TU Athletic Department over the next three years.
Junior Varsity Baseball and Soccer will join the six existing sports in August, giving the Night Hawks eight total sports and approximately 160 student athletes in the Fall. Both teams will be playing a schedule of games, both at home and on the road, during the 2011-12 school year. Athletic Director Mike Lee will be adding a Full Time Coach to both the Baseball and Soccer Programs. Both coaches will serve on the respective coaching staff for Varsity and Junior Varsity but will be the designated Head Coach for Junior Varsity.
"This is a great time for the Night Hawks Athletic Department", said Lee. "It is step one in a process that will see our Department grow significantly. We do believe that we can go out and create opportunities for kids who may have had doors shut on them, at the same time we are confident that both Baseball and Men's Soccer will have the opportunity to develop players that can become contributing members of the Varsity down the road. More importantly we are giving more kids a chance at a great education."