Auburndale, FL - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team squared off against Alma College at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Wednesday. The Scots broke open a pitchers' duel late to take a 5-0 win over the Hornets in game one. That win evened Alma's record at 2-2, while Lyndon fell to 1-3. Wednesday's second game was suspended with no outs in the top of the fifth inning and Alma leading 12-3. Plans to resume the game are incomplete.
Game one quickly developed into a pitchers' duel between Lyndon's John Boulay (Dighton, MA) and Alma's Trevor Wregglesworth. Both pitchers breezed through the early innings, with the Hornets' Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) and the Scots' Zach Schirmer accounting for the only hits over the first three frames.
Alma threatened in the top of the fourth. Singles from Max Trucks and Alex Dwan put runners at first and third with two outs, but Boulay got Schirmer to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The Hornets also had an opportunity in their half of the fourth when Rollins led off with a double. Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) then hit a grounder to Schirmer at shortstop, but Schirmer was able to cut down Rollins trying to advance to third. Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) then drew a walk to put two runners on, but Wregglesworth was able to retire Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) and Tucker Root (Middlefield, CT) to end the inning.
Alma mounted another threat in the top of the fifth when Nick Hartner delivered a one-out single and Pete Carravallah followed by beating out a bunt single. Both runners advanced on a ground out, but Boulay was able to get Alma's Logan Huff to ground out to end the threat.
Alma finally broke through in the top of the sixth inning. Jaret Koin singled to left field, then stole second. Schirmer then delivered a two-out single up the middle to score Koin and put the first run on the board.
The Scots added a cushion with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Pinch hitter Carter Sanderson led off by singling to left, and Carravallah reached on an error. After Jordan Anstandig moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Boulay's day was done, as Matt Tritto (Derry, NH) came in in relief. Three straight hits, a double from Huff, a triple from Trucks, and a single from Koin, pushed four more runs across. Wregglesworth was able to retire the Hornets in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
Wregglesworth went the distance to earn the win, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four. Boulay took the loss for Lyndon, yielding three runs, two earned, and eight hits, and striking out five in 6.1 innings of work.
The Hornets will have a day off Thursday before returning to action on Friday morning when they play Hanover College at 9:45 am at Osceloa Heritage Park Field #4.