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Lyndon drops heart breaker in season finale

Lyndon drops heart breaker in season finale

BANGOR, Maine – Lyndon wrapped up its 2014 season Sunday with a doubleheader loss to Husson University. The Hornets lost the opener 6-3 and dropped a heart breaker in the nightcap by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings.

With the victories, Husson ends the regular season with an overall record of 22-13 and a mark of 16-4 in the North Atlantic Conference. The pair of loses drop Lyndon to 9-17 overall and 9-15 in the NAC.

In Game 1, a late Lyndon spurt wasn't enough to overcome a five-run deficit and allow the Hornets to earn their 10th win of the season. Trailing 5-0, Lyndon plated three runs in the top of the fifth to get within striking distance of the Eagles. Tyler Pelletier (St. Albans, Vt.) drove home Dan Pierce (Montville, Conn.) for the Hornets first run of the contest and Quinn Rambo (Avon, Ohio) followed a few pitches later with an RBI single that sent Kyle Whitworth (Brattleboro, Vt.) home, cutting the Husson advantage to three.

Ian Murdock's (Wilmington, Vt.) run-producing single would cap the uprising and pull Lyndon within two with two innings left to play. However, Husson starter Brandon Reilly managed to settle down and get a little relief help from Zachary Yates, who came on in the seventh to register the save.

Reilly allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking three in six innings of work. Dylan Foster had two hits, scored two runs and had three runs-batted-in for the Eagles while teammate Dennis Meehan chipped in two hits.

Lyndon starter Jeff Williams (Gilsum, N.H.) went the distance in taking the loss. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits while fanning three and walking one.

In Game 2, Seth Freudenberger scored from second base on Foster's infield single to lift Husson to a hard-fought 6-5 victory in 10 innings.

Lyndon trailed 2-0 after one inning of play, but responded with two runs of its own in the second to knot the score at 2-2. Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive home Murdock with the first run and Pierce scored moments later on a passed ball.

The Hornets took a 3-2 lead in the third on Murdock's sacrifice fly and grabbed a 4-3 in the fifth on a sac fly off the bat of Pelletier. But each time Lyndon took the lead, Husson responed with a run of its own, eventually tying the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh on a base-loaded walk by Meehan. The game remained tie until Freudenberger's heroics in the bottom of the 10th.  

Casey Estes got the win in relief of Dennis O'Neill, going four innings while allowing no earned runs on one hits while striking out two and walking none. Foster and Meehan continued their torrid hitting with two hits each while Josh Gaudette added a triple and two RBIs.

Brandon Flood (South Ryegate, Vt.), who relieved Hornet starter Sam Matthews (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) in the eight allowed one earned run on one hit in two and two-thirds inning while fanning one and walking two.

Michael Cartularo (Lyndonville, Vt.) had two hits each for Lyndon and Rollins collected two runs-batted-in in the contest.