LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College baseball team hosted Thomas College Sunday afternoon for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Senior Day. The Terriers came away with a 19-7 win in the first game followed by a 6-2 win in the second game. Before the games, Lyndon recognized their three seniors, Reece Tanguay (Essex Junction, Vt.), Shane LaCroix (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), and Mike Raimondi (Methuen, Mass.) for their dedication and commitment to the baseball program.
The Terriers snagged an early lead with three runs in the top of the first as Michael De Los Santos doubled to bring in Derek Kane and Zach Mathieu. Brett Sommers singled to plate De Los Santos who had moved to third on a wild pitch.
The Hornets were able to answer with just one run in the bottom of the inning. Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) led off the inning with a triple and then was driven home on a ground out from Tanguay.
Thomas posted another three runs in the second as Anree Benitez drove in Joe Quinlan on a double to right field. Two outs later, De Los Santos struck again with a two-RBI double to bring in Nik Beeson and Benitez and take the 6-1 lead.
Lyndon loaded the bases in the bottom of the third and were able to bring home two runs to cut the lead to 6-3. Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.) drew a walk to bring in Rollins and then Tanguay scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.).
Beeson and Mathieu found the plate again in the top of the fourth to extend the lead back out to five at 8-3. The Terriers then broke the game open with seven runs in the fifth.
Both teams plated four runs each over the final two innings for a final score of 19-7.
Beeson (4-1) recorded the win on the mound for Thomas giving up three runs on five hits over five innings.
Davis Guyer (Lyndon, Vt.) took the loss for the Hornets surrendering 11 hits and eight runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Rollins led the Hornets with one hit and two runs while Tanguay added one hit, one run, and one RBI.
This time the Hornets struck first as they put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first. As the Terriers attempted to turn a double play at second and first, the throw to first went wide, allowing Rollins to score after he had advanced to third on contact. Two batters later, Cordeiro singled through the right side to bring in Aaron Catalani (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
The Terriers notched one run in the third as Sommers singled through the right side to score Mathieu.
Both teams were scoreless in the fourth but the Terriers rallied for three runs in the fifth. Derek Kane, Sommers, and Tristan Pena crossed the plate to give the visitors a 4-2 lead.
Thomas added an insurance run in each of the sixth and seventh innings while continuing to hold the Hornet offense scoreless for the remainder of the game, winning 6-2.
Matt Rutherford (3-4) recorded the complete-game win allowing seven hits and two runs with zero earned.
Raimondi got the start for Lyndon, pitching two scoreless innings while giving up three hits. Neil Robinson registered the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits while pitching the fifth inning.
Catalani went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in game two.