NASHUA, N.H. – Lyndon State earned its first two victories of the season Monday with a 3-2, 14-5 doubleheader sweep of Daniel Webster College.
In the opener, Jeremy Rocheleau's (Fairfax, Vt.) two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth proved to the difference as the Hornets notched their first win in 19 chances. Every Hornet in the lineup registered one hit as Lyndon scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Zach Maerder (Woodsville, N.H.) and Shawn Lonardelli (Lebanon, Conn.) also knocked in single runs, while Josh Fletcher (Richford, Vt.) doubled.
Jordan Barnes (Hardwick, Vt.) earned the win (1-0), going seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking two. The Eagles' Kory Kiro took the loss, allowing three earned runs over seven solid innings, striking out eight and walking one. Chris McKenzie, Trevor Duggleby, and Nick Michaud all had two hits for DWC. Peter Plansky added an RBI single in the third, and Duggleby had a run-scoring double in the seventh.
In the nightcap, the Hornets trailed 4-3 after six, but rallied with 11 runs on nine hits in the top of the seventh on the way to the 14-5 win.
Ben Clark (Brattleboro, Vt.) went 4-for-5 with two doubles and knocked in two for Lyndon, while Stetson Hicks (Whitefield, N.H.) doubled, tripled and knocked in three. Matthew Picard (Winooski, Vt.) had two doubles and knocked in three more. Zach Cantor led Daniel Webster with two hits including a triple, while Duggleby, Charles Manning and Tyler Calkin knocked in single runs.
Shane O'Donnell-Leach (Groton, Vt.) earned the win going six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking three. Michaud took the loss.
The teams traded runs in the first and Lyndon pushed ahead 3-1 in the fourth on a Picard two-run double. The Eagles tied it with two unearned runs aided by two errors in the bottom of the frame and took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a Calkin single that scored Plansky. Lyndon broke it open in the seventh as a base-clearing triple from Hicks and a two-run double from Clark provided the biggest blows.