Tommie Baseball couldn't get the key hit in two late innings and dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to Dubuque in Sunday's first game in Tucson, Ariz. St. Thomas came back with an 11-3 win over Wesleyan (Ct.) in the second contest and closed the trip with a 3-1 record.
In the first game, St. Thomas sophomore Graham Laubscher allowed three runs, six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The Toms had the winning run on second base after a walk and sac bunt with one out in the ninth inning, but couldn;t get the winnign tally. After the Spartans went ahead with one run in the top of the 10th inning, the Toms put runners on first and second with two outs but a ground out ended the game.
Freshman releiver Cole Schnichels took the mound win in game two. He worked out of fourth inning bases-loaded jam to keep the lead at 3-2, and St. Thomas scired the next eight runs.
Over the four games, the Tommies hit .309 with 43 hits, eight doubles, four triples, 27 walks and 17 steals, and had just one error in the field by a position player.
Chandler Schaefbauer led batters at .500 with five hits, five RBI and four runs. Kyle Halverson had six hits, four walks and five RBI. Ryan Lust reached base nine times including six hits. Sam Cobbs, Avery Lehman and Dan Bollingberg each reached base eight times.
St. Thomas used 12 pitchers, and five had no runs allowed in short stints. Overall the team had a 3.09 ERA and recorded 34 strikeouts with 13 walks.
The Tommies' nine-inning game at Wartburg set for next Tuesday has been postponed and will be made up here May 6 as a doubleheader. Next up are games in Florida later next week to start the spring trip.