LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College softball team had their 2017 home-opener Saturday afternoon, falling to UMaine-Presque Isle 12-1 and 6-0 in a doubleheader.
Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.), Brooke Dolloff (Rumford, Maine), Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, Vt.), and Ashlynn Royce (Danville, Vt.) all recorded a hit with Campo also adding a run for the Hornets in the opener. Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, Vt.) batted in the lone run. Royce took the loss in the circle, tossing 4.1 innings and giving up six runs on six hits. Dolloff pitched 1.2 innings in relief.
Ayana Walker led the Owls with two hits, two runs, and two RBIs. Nicole Marucci added two hits and three runs. Sara Packard recorded the win in the circle allowing four hits and one run while fanning ten.
The Owls wasted little time taking the lead as they plated two runs in the top of the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, the Owls put up one run in the third, two runs in the fourth, and two runs in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Britch hit a ground out to second to bring home Campo for a 7-1 score.
The Owls responded with five runs in the top of the sixth and then held the Hornets scoreless in the bottom half to take the first game 12-1 in six innings.
Brooke Dolloff led the Hornets with two hits in the second game of the afternoon. Meghan Campo and Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) also added a hit each. Shelby Sheridan pitched a complete seven innings, allowing two earned runs on 14 hits while striking out four.
Emma Gogan went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Owls. Ariel Williams added two hits and two runs, Nicole Marucci recorded two hits, two RBIs, and one run, and Ayana Walker finished with two hits, one run, and one RBI. Sarah Packard picked up her second win of the day, allowing four hits and striking out eight for her twelfth win of the season.
The Owls broke a scoreless game with just one run in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from Walker.
UMPI was able to add two more runs in the top of the fourth as the Hornets still could not string together enough offense for a run.
The Owls opened up the seventh inning by loading the bases but Sheridan was able to get two quick outs, needing just one more to get out of the jam. Unfortunately, Marucci cracked a double into center to bring in two runs, with a third run crossing the plate on a bobble by the cut off.
The Hornets were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game 6-0 in favor of the Owls.
The Hornets (0-8, 0-2 NAC) will host the Owls again on Saturday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m.
The Owls play next on Monday against UMaine-Farmington.