AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Lyndon State College baseball team swept Medaille College, 3-2 and 3-1, on Sunday, despite a delay of the start of game one and a change of venue to a lighted field for game two. The Hornets increase their record to 5-4 in Florida with the final game of the trip Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.
The Hornets went up early as they rallied with two outs in the bottom of the first. Andre Eason Jr. singled and stole second before Trevor Markey walked to put runners on first and second. Designated hitter David Laroche followed with a single to plate Eason for the 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second and third innings, the Mavericks used a double and a ground out to score two runs in the top of the fourth to take the 2-1 lead.
Lyndon tied it up with an RBI single from Markey that brought home Ryan Cordeiro.
In the bottom of the sixth, freshman Jake Perkins singled to start off the inning. Fellow freshman Sam Ognenoff dropped down a sacrifice bunt down to move Perkins into scoring position at second. On a ball in the dirt, Perkins took off from second and slid around the tag to safely reach third with just one out. Devon Rollins then smacked a ball in the air to the right fielder that was deep enough to allow a tagging Perkins to score, giving the Hornets the 3-2 lead going into the top of the seventh.
The Hornet defense recorded the three outs to take the 3-2 victory.
Laroche went 2-for3 at the plate with one RBI to lead the Hornets. Zak Johnson (1-1) pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs on five hits to earn the win.
Again, the Hornets rallied with two outs in the first inning as Ben Rollins singled in Eason and Markey for a quick 2-0 lead.
Lyndon tacked on another run in the top of the second. With two outs, Cordeiro doubled and then Eason ripped a single to plate Cordeiro for the 3-0 lead.
The Mavericks put together three hits in the bottom of the third, scoring a run to cut into the lead 3-1. With runners on first and third with one out, starting pitcher James Mundy forced a grounder to short for the 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam.
The next two innings moved quickly but Medaille threatened again in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Andrew Whalen relieved Mundy and forced a pop up in foul territory to finish out the inning unharmed.
Whalen came back out and closed the door in the bottom of the seventh to record his third save of the season.
Mundy picked up his second win of the season on the mound throwing 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and one run while striking out five.