April 18, 2011

Lyndon splits season series with UMF

FARMINGTON, Maine - The University of Maine at Farmington collected in 8-1 victory in the opener, but Lyndon responded with a 3-2 win in the second game, to split a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader at UMF's Hippach Field.

In the opener, Brandon Gallagher tossed a four-hitter and Dale Winchenbach singled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs to lead UMF to the 8-1 win over the Hornets. Gallagher walked two and struck out six in the complete-game win. Matt Levine also singled twice for the Beavers with Jack MacVane clubbing a double.

Winchenbach and Zach Keene each singled home a run in the third inning as UMF scored three times in the frame and padded their advantage with another three runs in the fifth.

Shawn Lonardelli (Lebanon, Conn.) smacked a double for Lyndon with Robert Trucott (Lyndonville, Vt.) driving in a run with a single. Shane Fleury (Plainfield, Vt.) went the distance for the Hornets with a walk and three strikeouts in the loss.

In game two, the Hornets scored on grounder in the sixth to slip past the Beavers 3-2. Down 2-1, the Beavers tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Connor McNeill scampered home on a wild pitch. In the next frame, Michael Cartularo (Lyndonville, Vt.) scored on a grounder by Shane O'Donnell-Leach (Groton, Vt.) to give Lyndon the lead to 3-2.

Jeremy Schichtle (Ryegate, Vt.) managed to finish of the complete-game victory by allowing just one UMF baserunner over the final two innings. Schichtle gave up four hits, while walking one and striking out two. Casey Ashey hurled a complete game in the loss with four hits allowed, six free passes and four punchouts. Ashey was also hampered by four UMF errors.

McNeill was the only repeat hitter for either team with a pair of singles.