NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Lyndon State College baseball team split the final two games of their season series with Colby-Sawyer College Thursday afternoon with a comeback bid coming up short 6-5 in the opener but taking game two 5-2.
The Chargers started early as they picked up three runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Justin Devoid (Quechee, Vt.) reached first on an error to bring in Doug Avellino (Woodstock, Vt.) and move Tim Unczur (Danvers, Mass.) to third. Devoid moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before Brendan Thurber (Ashland, Mass.) doubled down the left field line to plate both runners.
Lyndon struggled to get anything going as they were only able to put a couple runners into scoring position.
Colby-Sawyer tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth when Avellino singled to score Jackson Musco (Litchfield, N.H.) from third for a 4-0 lead.
Two unearned runs came across for the Chargers in the bottom of the fifth to increase the lead to 6-0.
With a tough task ahead going into the top of the seventh inning, the Hornets came alive while capitalizing on some defensive miscues as well. With Kevin Tufo (Colchester, Conn.) at first pinch-running for Trevor Markey (Ocoee, Fla.), Codi Smith (Hartford, Vt.) belted a double to right field to move Tufo to third. After a strikeout, Nathan Stewart (Newport, Vt.) reached first on an error while bringing in Tufo to finally put Lyndon on the board. A fly out to right gave the Hornets just one out left.
Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) singled to third to plate Smith to put the score at 6-2. Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.) followed with a single to center to score Stewart, with an error moving both runners up to second and third. Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.) then walked to load the bases. David Laroche (Franklin, Vt.) drove a single to left to bring home Rollins and Eason to cut the deficit to just a run at 6-5. Unfortunately, the rally ended there for the Hornets as a fly out ended the game.
Sophomore Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, Maine) was saddled with the loss after four innings of work. He gave up three earned runs on nine hits. Junior Jake Jourdain (Becket, Mass.) pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs (no earned) on one hit.
Devon Rollins finished with three hits for the Hornets.
Junior Chris Hood (Manchester, N.H.) earned the win to improve to 3-0 for the Chargers. He went 6.2 innings and gave up one earned run on six hits. Junior Andrew Carbone (Lynnfield, Mass.) came in for his third save of the season.
Brendan Thurber (Ashland, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Colby-Sawyer.
Lyndon flipped the script in game two by scoring twice in the first inning. Devon Rollins came home on a double steal with the first run of the game. Later in the inning, junior Ryan Cordeiro scored on a ground out by Andre Eason Jr.
The Chargers got one back in the second inning on another sac fly from Jackson Musco that scored Joey Fenuccio (Keene, N.H.).
Eason responded with his own sac fly in the third. Later in the frame, Devon Rollins stole second and scored after a pair of throwing errors to give Lyndon a 4-1 lead.
The Hornets pushed their lead to 5-1 in the fourth on an RBI groundout from freshman Jake Perkins (Hartford, Vt.).
In the fifth inning, Justin Devoid had an RBI single to center to give the Chargers their second run of the game to make the score 5-2, but that would be as close at the game would get.
Junior Neil Robinson (Stoddard, N.H.) was credited with the win for Lyndon after 2.1 innings of relief. He gave up one earned run on three hits and struck out two. Junior Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, R.I.) pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn his league leading eighth save of the season.
Jake Greaney (Groveland, Mass.) tossed a complete game for Colby-Sawyer and gave up three earned runs on seven hits.