Lyndon splits doubleheader

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Lyndon upped its record to 3-1 with a split of a doubleheader with Mitchell College, winning 4-2 in eight innings in the opener and falling 14-13 in the nightcap.

Lyndon  plated a pair of runs in the eighth inning to win its third straight game of the season. The Hornets took the lead on an RBI double by Natalia Shams (Swampscott, Mass.) and added an insurance run on a ground out by Tia Billado (Bellows Falls, Vt.). Meghan Gadapee (Littleton, N.H.) then retired the Mariners in order in the bottom of the eighth to improve to 3-0 on the season inside the circle.

Mitchell took a 2-0 lead in the third when Brittany Zaccaria singled home a pair of runs. The Hornets tied the score at 2-2 in the sixth thanks to RBI doubles from Mary Gagne (Highgate, Vt.) and Billado.

Gadapee threw eight innings and allowed two runs on 10 hits while striking out six. Mitchell starter Marissa Thomas allowed four runs on five hits over eight innings and struck out six.

Mitchell needed a season-high 14 runs to pull out the victory in the second game. The lead changed hands five times in the contest, with the Mariners overcoming a 10-7 deficit with a seven-run sixth inning. Lyndon rallied for three runs in the seventh and had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position before Thomas worked out of the jam.

Tricia Tomaselli picked up her first collegiate win in relief, allowing 11 runs on eight hits in five innings. Thomas, who made the start and also pitched the final frame, nailed down her first save of the season. Kelly Butler (Hubbardston, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and scored three times for the Hornets. Tiffany Person went 1-for-3 with three RBI and hit her first career home run—a two run shot in the third—to pace the Mariners.

Gadapee made the start for Lyndon State and gave up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings. Butler, who came in and pitched the sixth inning, took the loss. She surrendered seven runs - one earned - on three hits.

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