Farmington, ME - The Lyndon State College baseball team completed its three day road trip to Maine this afternoon, coming away with a doubleheader split against the University of Maine at Farmington. The Hornets took the opener, 9-5, and the Beavers grabbed the nightcap, 2-0. With the split, the Hornets clinch second place in the North Atlantic Conference. Lyndon now stands at 19-17 overall, and completes NAC play with a 15-7 conference record, which is the best conference record in program history. UMF is 13-19 on the season and 10-13 in conference.
Game 1 - Lyndon 9, Maine-Farmington 5
The Beavers drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning. Chase Malloy (Madison, ME) signled to lead off the inning, then two batters later Riley Bartell (Portland, ME) homered to make it 2-0, UMF. The Beavers added another run in the bottom of the third when Nick Attaliades-Ryan's (Otisfield, ME) two out double scored Jimmy Parks (Springvale, ME).
Lyndon got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) singled with two out, then advanced to second on a balk. Ryder Thorton (Essex, VT) then singled to center, scoring Johnson.
Lyndon starter Matt Page (Groton, VT) kept the Beavers off the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, then the Hornet bats errupted in the top of the fifth. Four straight singles from Sam Ogenoff (Brattleboro, VT), Zach Hale (St. Johnsbury, VT), Ryan Cordiero (Rollinsford, NH), and Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) produced two runs. Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, CT) drove in another with a sacrifice fly, then Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) doubled in a fourth. Thorton made it a five run inning when he beat out an infield single, scoring Smith. The Hornets batted around in the inning and took a 6-3 lead.
Neil Robinson (Stoddard, NH) relieved Page in the bottom of the fifth inning and produced two scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Lyndon tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth and another in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 9-3. Smith's double was the big blow in the sixth, while Ogenoff's sacrifice fly produced the run in the seventh.
Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, RI) came on in the bottom of the seventh to try to close things out for the Hornets. Instead, a walk, a single, and a hit batsman loaded the bases for the Beavers. Whalen then got Attaliades-Ryan to ground into a double play, which allowed one run to score. Malloy reached on an error to keep the inning alive and score another run, but Whalen got Bartel to frounPd into a fielder's choice to end the ballgame.
Page went four innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits. UMF starter Gavin Arsenault (Dixfield, ME) took the loss, allowing eight runs on 12 hits over 5.2 innings.
Game 2 - Maine-Farmington 2, Lyndon 0
The Hornets looked like they were going to start fast in the nightcap, promptly loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning against UMF starter Nate Pushard (Auburn, ME). Pushard was able to get out of trouble, however, as the Hornets stranded all three runners.
UMF also started quickly in the bottom of the first inning. Parks and Tyler Flayhan (Sanford, ME) singled to start things off. Lyndon starter Dennis Farnham (Orono, ME) then hit Attaliades-Ryan to load the bases. Malloy then singled back up the middle to put the Beavers on the board. Kevin Carter (Bowdoinham, ME) follwoed with a sacrifiec fly to make it 2-0. Farnham walked the next batter to load the bases again, but pitched out of further trouble.
Those runs would turn out to be the only runs of the ballgame. Farnham settled in ans shur down the Beavers over the next three innings, and Tyler Davis (Groton, VT) and Johnson followed him with an inning of scoreless relief each. Pushard settled in as well, and didn't allow a base runner past first base through the fifth inning.
The Hornets looked to have something going in the top of the sixth when Eason beat out an infield single, then moved to third on back to back wild pitches. Smith followed with a walk, and the Hornets had the tying runs on with one out. However, Pushard was able to get David Laroche (Franklin, VT) to ground into a double play to end the threat. He set the Hornets down again in the seventh inning to pick up the complete game win.
Farnham took the loss for Lyndon, allowing the tow first inning runs and five hits over four innings of work.
The Hornets will close the regular season on Tuesday with a single game against Plymouth State University. First pitch at the Skip Pound Baseball Complex is set for 3:30 pm.