TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Thomas More unleashed its offense against Wooster Wednesday night at the Mideast Regional, as the No. 6 seed Saints upended the No. 3 seed Fighting Scots, 20-4, at Art Nehf Field in Terre Haute, Ind. Thomas More racked up 20 hits in the contest and four Saints drove in at least three runs in the game, while six finished with multiple hit nights.
Cody Makin and Ryan Darner led the way for the Saints (30-14) offense, as Makin drove in four runs by going 3-for-5 at the plate and scored three more. Darner bolstered the Thomas More offense by going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Travis Miller, who went 2-for-5, and Nick Connor each drove in three runs in the victory for the Saints. Jason Handley and Tyler Graber rounded out the offensive effort by combining to go 7-for-10 with six runs scored.
Paul Uhl improved to 7-1 on the mound for Thomas More, as he allowed four runs all earned in 7.0 innings, scattering nine hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Wooster (32-11) was led by Frank Vance’s 2-for-4 day at the plate, as Vance finished with a run and an RBI. Jarrod Mancine also tallied a pair of hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. On the mound, Keenan White, who entered the game as the Division III leader in wins, suffered his first loss of the year, falling to 12-1. White gave up 12 runs in his 5.2 innings of work, but just five of them were earned, as the Wooster defense committed four errors. White also struck out seven and issued a pair of walks.
Thomas More took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, when Makin sent a two-run shot over the fence in right center, but Wooster responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-2 after one complete. Zac Mathie and Vance both drove in runs for the Scots in the frame.
In the third, the Saints took the lead for good at 4-3 by scoring a pair of runs on three hits, which included RBIs by Handley and Darner.
Thomas More added a run in the fifth on a Darner RBI single and put the game away by scoring seven runs in top of the sixth to open up a 12-3 advantage. Connor capped the inning with a three-run double to right center, after RBI hits from Graber, Handley and Miller.
Wooster scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single off the bad of Bryan Miller, but the Saints closed the scoring by scoring three in the seventh, three in the eighth and two more in the ninth to make the final tally, 20-4.
With the victory, Thomas More advances to play the winner of the No. 2 Marietta/No. 7 Penn State-Behrend tomorrow evening at 7:45 p.m., while Wooster will face the loser of the Marietta/Penn State-Behrend matchup at 1:15 p.m. in an elimination game.
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