LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College baseball team held their first home games of the season against New England College Wednesday afternoon, dropping the first game 6-4, but taking the second 5-2.
Lonnie Cohen got things going for the Pilgrims in the top of the first inning with a double that plated Conor Crouse.
Both teams would be held scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Pilgrims scored three runs after a hit from Garrett Waldron that plated Vincent Backert, and a hit from Crouse that knocked in Myles Comeau and Waldron, giving the Pilgrims the 4-0 lead.
With the bases loaded for the Hornets at the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Catalani (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was walked allowing Kevin Tufo (Colchester, Conn.) to come in. Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) approached the plate with bases loaded, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.), bringing the Hornets within two.
Both teams scored two runs in the sixth inning and both would be held scoreless in the seventh. Pilgrims notched the 6-4 win.
Christopher States earned the complete-game win for the Pilgrims, giving up seven hits and four earned runs while striking out five.
Jeff Williams (Gilsum, N.H.) took the loss for the Hornets going five innings while allowing nine hits and five earned runs. Mike Raimondi (Methuen, Mass.) pitched a strong two innings of relief, striking out two and holding the Pilgrims hitless.
The Hornets allowed no runs at the top of the 1st, but drilled in two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Eason was able to score on a passed ball and then two hitters later, Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.) hit a sacrifice fly to plate Reece Tanguay, taking the lead 2-0.
At the top of the 2nd, the Pilgrims tied it up after Greg Appleman hit a double, to bring in Manuel Alejandro and Comeau. The Hornets tallied two more runs after Tufo knocked in Devin Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) and a sacrifice bunt from Tanguay scored Michael Pena (New City, N.Y.), putting the Hornets up 4-2.
The bottom of the third inning saw the last run of the game after an errant throw from the catcher after a dropped third strike on David Laroche (Franklin, Vt.) allowed Cordeiro to score from third.
The Pilgrims knocked on the door a few times, bringing runners within scoring position over three of the next four innings, but pitchers Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, Maine) and Zak Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) didn't fold under the pressure. Johnson forced the Pilgrims into a double play to end the game with the 5-2 win, Lyndon's first North Atlantic Conference win of the season.
Ben Rollins picked up the win for his first of the year, throwing five innings, allowing one earned run, scattering four hits, and striking out five. Zak Johnson picked up the save going two innings and allowing just one hit.
Jeam Deleon took the loss for the Pilgrims tossing six innings, giving up two hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.
The Hornets (4-16, 1-7 NAC) travel to Maine-Farmington this weekend for a four-game series.
The Pilgrims (5-11, 4-4 NAC) travel to Thomas College for a four-game series this weekend as well.