Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College baseball team dropped a 14-6 decision to Plymouth State University in the Hornets' regular season finale Tuesday afternoon. The Hornets head into post-season play with a 19-18 record, while the Panthers improve to 14-15 on the season.
Plymouth pounded out 13 hits, including four home runs. Andrew Wasilefsky (Wilmington, CT) hit a three run pinch hit homer in the top of the seventh inning and added a solo shot leading off the ninth. Josh Goulet (Nashua, NH) lofted a two run home run over the center field wall in the fourth inning and Jimmy Zimolka (Londonderry, NH) added a three run blast in the ninth. The Panthers also stole nine bases on the afternoon, with Zimolka recording three and Nate Frederick (Worcester, MA) swiping a pair.
The Hornets put together a six run ninth inning to account for all of their scoring. After Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) singled and Tyler Roberge (Essex, VT) drew a two-out walk, Ben Rollins (Loncolnville, ME) delivered a single to right to score Doris and get Lyndon on the board. Collin Clark (Rutland, VT) followed with a single to left to drive in Roberge, then consecutive walks to Cam Patten (Somersworth, NH), Ian Machia (Enosburg Falls, VT), and Zach Hale (St. Johnsbury, VT) resulted in two more runs. Chris April (Rollinsford, NH) then delivered a two run single to center to account for the final score.
Cam Cossette (Milford, MA) earned the win for Plymouth by holding Lyndon scoreless over the first seven innings while allowing four hits and striking out three. Davis Guyer (Lyndon, VT) allowed five runs, four earned, over five innings and was tagged with the loss.
The Hornets, who finished in second place in the North Atlantic Conference, will compete in the NAC Championship Tournament this weekend. The tournament will be hosted by regular season champion and top seed Castleton University. Lyndon will open play on Saturday at 12:30 pm when they play third seed New England College.
Plymouth will host NEC in a regular season game on Wednesday.