LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College baseball team hit the field Saturday afternoon to continue North Atlantic Conference against Thomas College. The Hornets were able to take the first game 4-1, while dropping a 5-3 loss in nine innings in the second game.
A scoreless game until the bottom of the second, the Hornets tallied three straight runs from Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.), Nathan Stewart (Newport, Vt.), and John Boulay (Dighton, Mass.). With bases loaded for all three situations: Cordeiro scored after Ian Machia (Enosburg, Falls, Vt.) was walked; Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) singled through the left side, plating Stewart; and Boulay added a run when Reece Tanguay (Essex Junction, Vt.) hit to short stop who then chose to get Rollins out at second.
Both teams were held at a standstill throughout the third, fourth, and fifth innings as the Hornets led 3-0.
The Hornets' defense worked quickly in the top of the sixth inning, retiring the side in order. With bases loaded, Devon Rollins approached the plate. As he grounded out to second base, Stewart was able to capitalize and take home for a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Terriers finally got a run in as Brett Sommers hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the second out, scoring Nik Beeson. The Hornets recorded the third out on the next batter, taking the 4-1 victory.
Jeff Williams (3-3) (Gilsum, N.H.) gained his third win of the season allowing three hits in four innings of work while striking out two. Mike Raimondi (Metheun, Mass.), Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, R.I.), and Zak Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) finished out the game throwing one inning apiece.
Isiah Fleming surrendered the loss for the Terriers pitching five innings giving up five hits, four earned runs, and striking out two.
Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, Maine) went 2-for-2 at the plate with Stewart going 1-for2. Devon Rollins added two RBIs.
The Terriers wasted little time getting on the board in the second game as Michael De Los Santos singled in Derek Kane in the top of the first to take the 1-0 lead.
The Hornets knocked on the door in the bottom of the second but were denied as Cordeiro was tagged out at home on a failed squeeze attempt.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when the Hornets were able to post three runs to grab the lead. David Laroche (Franklin, Vt.) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Catalani. The next batter, Boulay, was hit by a pitch to bring in Eason. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, Kevin Tufo (Colchester, Conn.) squeezed in Cordeiro from third to cap the scoring for the inning.
Thomas answered with two in the top of the fifth as Beeson grounded out to second base to score Anree Benitez and De Los Santos singled again to score Kane, tying the game 3-3.
With neither team able to get anything going in the sixth and seventh innings, the game went to extras. After the Hornets recorded two outs in the top of the ninth the Terriers were able to get things going. Zach Mathieu singled for the first base runner of the inning. Derek LeBlanc pinch ran for Mathieu and successfully stole second before Beeson doubled to bring him home. De Los Santos tallied his third RBI of the game as he singled to bring in Beeson and give the Terriers the 5-3 lead.
A leadoff walk put the tying run at the plate for the Hornets but the Terriers were able to retire the next three batters to close out the game.
Eason led the Hornets offensively going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run. Tanguay added two hits.
De Los Santos finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Terriers while Beeson added a hit, two RBIs, and a run.
Dominic Esposito recorded the win on the mound, pitching six innings while giving up four hits and no earned runs.
Andrew Whalen (0-5) took the loss for the Hornets in three innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits. Ben Rollins went four innings in the start for Lyndon, allowing one run on four hits.
Lyndon (7-21, 4-12 NAC) plays host to Thomas College (16-15, 10-8 NAC) again tomorrow for a doubleheader with a 12:00 p.m. start.