Thomas More tramples Fightin’ Quakers 15-4

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — The Wilmington College baseball team allowed 15 unanswered runs in falling to Thomas More, 15-4, in non-conference action Tuesday at Thomas More Field.

Wilmington took an early lead with a four-run first inning. Sophomore Jake Hyatt (Madeira, OH/Madeira) opened the scoring with a two-run, one-out double. Two more runs crossed the plate on a two-run error.

Hyatt finished with a pair of doubles in four at-bats with two runs batted in.

Junior Joshua Chua (Lancaster, England/Claremont [CA]) had a first-inning walk to extend his on-base streak to 14 games. It was just the second time this season Chua did not record a hit.

Freshman Nick Silvis (Beavercreek, OH/Indian Lake) and sophomore Antonio Miller (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) each had two hits for Wilmington. It was the fifth multi-hit game for Silvis and the first multi-hit game of the season for Miller.

Fightin’ Quaker pitching yielded 24 hits in eight innings, including six extra-base knocks.

“We need for our relief pitchers to throw the ball better and keep it down,” said Wilmington head coach Dan Cleaver.

Sophomore Joey Hollback, 0-3, (Salem, OH/Sebring McKinney) took the loss in relief. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Freshman Lance Fleishman (Milford, OH/Milford) made his first career start, yielding three earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.

After surrendering 31 stolen bases in a three-game series against Earlham, sophomore Jarett Trautman (Hartville, OH/Field) made his first start of the season behind the plate, and limited the Saints to no stolen bases. Cleaver commended the play of Trautman in holding the Thomas More running game at bay.

Wilmington (3-11) opens Ohio Athletic Conference action 1 p.m. Saturday, hosting Muskingum at Tewksbury-Delaney Field in a pair of nine-inning games.