Tommies win rematch in Havana 10-1 St. Thomas Newsroom January 31, 2000 Tommies win rematch in Havana 10-1By Doug HennesHAVANA – The score was similar, but the game itself never was close.The St. Thomas baseball team cruised to a 10-1 win over the University of Havana today (Friday), but the game bore virtually no resemblance to the Tommies’ 7-0 victory on Wednesday.In that game, St. Thomas took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning before scoring six runs. The Tommies jumped ahead 7-0 in the third inning today and added single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth.The games were just as dissimilar on defense. Three Tommy pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout on Wednesday, and while five pitchers gave up only two hits today, they also issued 11 walks.Coach Dennis Denning couldn’t count the key plays on just one hand in Wednesday’s win, but today he said the game “had absolutely no turning point.”“Our pitchers struggled,” he said. “You like to see a game where your defense can shine, where the pitchers throw strikes and make the other team hit the ball. That didn’t happen much today.”As disappointed as he was in all of the walks two in each of the first three innings Denning wasn’t surprised. Three players who didn’t get into Wednesday’s game walked six Havana players today, and starter Bryan Edstrom (sophomore, Totino Grace) walked four in the first two innings. Edstrom picked up the win.“Normally, our walk ratio is very low,” Denning said. “You wouldn’t see this many walks in a MIAC game. My rule is that you walk two in a row, you’re out.”The Tommies’ hitting and the way they bunched their hits and walks pleased Denning. “We’re getting sharper,” he said, “and that’s to be expected. This was just our second game outside. We’re bound to get sharper at the plate.”First baseman Paul Rafferty (senior, Cretin-Derham Hall) had three hits two singles and a double – and scored twice. He thought today’s game might be more difficult because Havana would want to make up for the earlier loss.“They came after us just as hard today and with the same lineup and their best pitcher,” Rafferty said. “We got on top early and that made the difference.“The atmosphere was different today only a couple of hundred fans (6,000 on Wednesday), and we were able to relax more. There weren’t as many distractions no fans pounding on drums during the game. It was more like Minnesota baseball.”St. Thomas scored the first two runs after Jake Mauer (junior, Cretin-Derham Hall) walked and went to second on a Rafferty single, third on a passed ball and home on a wild pitch. Rafferty scored on a Scott Christiansen (junior, Anoka) single.Edstrom walked two Havana players in each of the first two innings but no runners got beyond second. Tom Kelly Jr. (senior, Hill-Murray, and son of Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly) walked two in the third and one in the fourth but also escaped.The game ended for all practical purposes in the third, when St. Thomas batted 10 players. Rafferty led off with a single. Three more singles, a walk, a hit-batsman and an error led to five runs and a 7-0 lead.Havana scored its only run in the sixth on a triple by Joel Galarrago Ruiz, who scored on a sacrifice fly. It was the Cubans’ only run of the two-game series and only one of two hits in today’s game; the other came with two out in the ninth.o The Tommies officially open practice, by NCAA standards, on Tuesday. Their first game is March 1 against St. Scholastica in the Metrodome, and then they head to Florida for their annual spring break trip.o Denning gave baseball gloves to the Havana ballboys, nine-year-old Salvador and 10-year-old Renier, before the game. He brought the gloves from the pile he has collected as a summer camp coach over the years. “And here’s a ball to play catch with,” he told the youths. “Have fun.”o Denning and senior captains Mike Honsa (pitcher, Cretin-Derham Hall) and John Frein (shortstop, Austin) are scheduled to be on a WCCO Radio sports call-in show at 8 p.m. Monday.