LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College baseball team topped Norwich University 6-2 in a single, non-conference game Thursday afternoon at Skip Pound Field.
Despite both teams getting runners into scoring position, neither team was able to put a run on the board over the first three innings.
The Cadets changed that in the top of the fourth as Jacob Ryan drew a walk with two outs. Jacob Barlow then singled through the right side to move Ryan to third. On the next at-bat, Dustin Spatz singled to drive in Ryan, putting the Cadets up 1-0.
However, the Hornets had an answer in the bottom of the inning as they plated two runs to take the 2-1 lead. After Aaron Catalani (Colorado Spring, Colo.) singled and advanced to second on a balk, Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.) singled to left center to drive him in. Davis Guyer (Lyndon, Vt.) singled to move Eason to second. Eason then stole third before coming home on a sacrifice fly to center from John Boulay (Dighton, Mass.).
Lyndon added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth starting with a wild pitch that allowed Reece Tanguay (Essex Junction, Vt.) to score. After a walk to Eason, Guyer smashed a single to right center to plate Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.) and Eason to give the Hornets the 5-1 advantage.
The Hornets continued to hold the Cadets scoreless and added another insurance run in the seventh with a two-out single up the middle from Zach Hale (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) that drove in Jake Jourdain (Becket, Mass.).
In the top of the ninth the Cadets looked to rally as they put two runners on with just one out. Kevin Lynch reached on a fielder's choice to bring in Barlow but the rally would end just two batters later with the Hornets taking the 6-2 victory.
Eason led the Hornets at the plate going 2-for-4 with two runs, three stolen bases, and one RBI. Catalani and Guyer also added two hits each with Catalani scoring once and Guyer finishing with two RBIs. The Hornets racked up 11 stolen bases in the game including three from Tanguay.
Barlow cracked three hits and scored a run to the Cadets.
Steve Bova (New Fairfield, Conn.) got the start for Lyndon going four innings, giving up one run on four hits. Ben Brooks (Lyndon, Vt.) picked up the win in two innings of relief, allowing two hits. Matthew Tritto (Derry, N.H.) threw two innings, striking out two and giving up one hit. Neil Robinson (Stoddard, N.H.) threw one inning to close out the game.
Ryan surrendered the loss for Norwich in 4.1 innings of work, surrendering four hits and four runs while striking out five.