North Bridgton, ME - The Lyndon State College baseball team swept a doubleheader from the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday. The Hornets pounded out 15 hits in a 10-2 victory in the opener, then went extra innings to capture a 2-1 victory in a pitcher's duel in the nightcap. With the wins the Hornets improve to 9-11 on the season. They are tied atop the North Atlantic Conference with a 5-1 NAC record. UMF falls to 5-14 overall and 2-8 in conference.
Game 1 - Lyndon 10, Maine-Farmington 2
UMF struck first in the opener. The Beavers' Tyler Flayhan (Sanford, ME) walked to open the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Simard (Derry, NH) then reached on an error, and both runners moved up a base on a fielder's choice. After the Hornets' James Mundy (Brentwood, NH) struck out Jake Bessey (Jay, ME), Jimmy Parks (Springvale, ME) delivered a two-out single up the middle to score Flayhan.
Lyndon got the run right back in thetop of the third. Ryan Cordiero (Rollinsford, NH) laced a double to left to open the inning. After moving to third on a ground out, Cordiero was caught off the bag when Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, CT) hit back to the pitcher. Eason then came around to score on Codi Smith's (Hartford, VT) triple to even the score.
The score remained tied until the top of the fifth inning, when the Hornet bats came alive. Eason reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on an error, and then to third on a wild pitch. Smith then singled to center to score Eason and give Lyndon the lead. David Laroche (Franklin, VT) followed with another single up the middle to chase UMF starter Nate Pushard (Auburn, ME). Jason Doris greeted reliever Gavin Arsenault (Dixfield, ME) with a double to right to score Smith. Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) squeezed home Laroche, then Sam Ogenoff (Brattleboro, VT) reached on an infield single to score Doris. After Ogenoff moved to third on a wild pitch, Zach Hale (St. Johnsbury, VT) doubled to right to score Ogenoff and make it 6-1, Hornets.
After Mundy retired the Beavers in their half of the fifth inning, Lyndon broke the game open in the top of the sixth. Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) was hit by a pitch to start things off. Eason followed with a single, then Smith singled home Johnson. Laroche reached on an error to load the bases, then Doris delivered a two-run single to left, scoring Smith and Eason. After Laroche moved to third on a passed ball, he scored on Ian Macchia's (Enosburg Falls, VT) ground out, and the Hornets found themselves in front, 10-1.
Neil Robinson (Stoddard, NH) replaced Mundy in the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed a single run before closing the door on the Beavers.
Game 2 - Lyndon 2, Maine-Farmington 1 (8 innings)
The nightcap developed into a pitcher's duel between Lyndon's Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) and UMF's Brett Elliott (Danville, VT). Niether pitcher allowed a run in their day's work. In the top of the fourth inning Lyndon got runners to second and third with two out, but Elliott got out of that inning. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Jourdain allowed a one out single and a walk, but Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, RI) relieved him and retired the next two batters.
Jourdain went 6.1 innings, allowing no runs and only four hits while striking out seven and walking only one. Meanwhile Elliott went six innings before giving way to Arsenault. He allowed no runs on five hits and struck out three without walking a batter.
After Arsenault retired the first two batters in the top of the eithth inning, Smith singled to right center to keep the inning alive. Doris then followed with another single. At that point David Laroche entered the game as a pinch hitter and delivered the big blow of the game, a two run triple to right field, scoring Smith and Doris for the first runs of the game.
The Beavers didn't go quietly in the bottom of the eigth. After Whalen struck out Chase Malloy (Madison, ME), Bessey reached on an error. Parks followed with a single, advancing Bussey to third, then promptly stole second, putting runners at second and third with one out. After Nick Attaliades-Ryan (Otisfield, ME) popped out for the second out, Riley Chickering (Otisfield, ME) was intentionally walked to load the bases. Simard then reached on an infield single, scoring Bessey and leaving the bases loaded with the tying run at third and the winning run at second. Whalen then picked Simard off of first base to end the ball game.
Whalen worked 1.2 innings of relief to pick up the win for the Hornets, while Arsenault took the loss for the Beavers.
Sunday's doubleheader between the Hornets and the Beavers has already been postponed due to anticipated poor weather. Lyndon's scheduled Monday doubleheader at Colby-Sawyer College has also been postponed. No reschedule dates have been set yet for either set of games. The Hornets are now scheduled to play next on Tuesday at Castleton University. First pitch for game one of that doubleheader is set for 2:00 pm. UMF is scheduled to host Thomas College on Wednesday.