FLEMINGTON, N.J. - Lyndon opened its 2011 season over the weekend with a split of four games played in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On Friday, the Hornets squared off with SUNY Cobleskill in their season opener at Diamond Nation and walked off with a lopsided 17-1 victory. Starter Shane O'Donnell-Leach (Groton, Vt.) and reliever Shane Fleury were masterful, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out 15 and walking six.
O'Donnell-Leach went five innings to get the win, giving up the lone Tiger run of the contest. He gave up three hits and fanned nine. Fleury, who came on in the sixth, threw on-hit ball the rest of the way while striking out six.
Corey Lescault (Bristol, R.I.) led the Lyndon offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, which included a double, two runs scored and four runs-batted-in. Kyle Whitworth (Brattleboro, Vt.) pounded out a pair of hits in his Hornet debut and Patrick Hilton (Lyndonville, Vt.) chipped in a run-scoring double.
Saturday afternoon Widener notches two shutout victories over Lyndon in Chester, Penn. The Pride coupled outstanding pitching with an explosive offense in a 10-0 win in game and a 15-0 triumph in the nightcap.
Brandon McCloskey, the reigning Commonwealth Conference Pitcher of the Week, allowed just one hit and one walk over six shutout innings in Game one while Tom DeAngelis went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Lescault had the lone hit of the contest for the Hornets
In Game 2, the bulk of Widener's offensive output came in the second inning, in which the Pride crossed the plate 12 times on seven hits, three errors and six walks. Widener added two more in the fifth on RBI doubles from sophomore Brendan O'Brien and DeAngelis. Korey Marsh (Essex, Vt.) and Jeremy Rocheleau (Cambridge, Vt.) had one hit each for the Hornets.
Lyndon closed out the weekend with a 9-1 win over Cazenovia College at Diamond Nation. Lescault continued to sizzle with a 4-for-6 effort which included two runs scored and two RBIs. Shawn Lonardelli (Lebanon, Conn.) and Whitworth chipped in two hits each in support of Hilton, who went six innings to get the victory.
The sophomore righty allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out three. Marsh relieved Hilton in the seventh and went three strong innings. He allowed only two hits while fanning one and walking one.