Auburndale, FL - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team dropped a pair of 6-4 decisions to Anna Maria College at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets fall to 1-7 on the season while the AMCATS improve to 3-0.
Game 1 - Anna Maria 6, NVU-Lyndon 4
Anna Maria got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning. Nick Genatossio led off the inning with a walk and Kosta Drosidis followed with a single to left center. Two batters later Jason Shell reached on an error, scoring Genatossio. That was the only run surrendeded by Hornet starter Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) over the first five innings.
The Hornets broke through against AMCAT starter Colin Pipkin in the bottom of the fifth inning. Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) and Chris April (Rollinsford, NH) started things off with back to back singles. After Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) grounded into a fielder's choice, Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) singled to load the bases and chase Pipkin. April came home on a wild pitch by reliever Jake Crevier. After Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) was intentionally walked, Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Thornton and giving Lyndon the lead.
Anna Maria answered in the top of the sixth inning. Noah Holland led off with a walk then Genatossio was hit by a pitch, at which point John Boulay (Dighton, MA) relieved Jourdain. Drosidis singled to load the bases, then Greg Gehring delivered a two-run single to center to put the AMCATS back in front. Shell singled home Drosidis, but Smith gunned down Gehring at the plate trying to score. Adam Twitchell double home another run, and Anna Maria added one more on a wild pitch to take a 6-2 lead.
Cameron Flinn drew a one-out walk to get Lyndon going in th bottom of the sixth. Laroche then reached on an error and back to back singles from Thornton and Johnson each drove in a run, cutting the Anna Maria lead to 6-4. That would be all for the Hornets, though, as Liam Cunningham relieved Crevier and got Smith to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning. The Hornets then got two on in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to push them across as Anna Maria held on for the win.
Crevier got the win in relief for Anna Maria, with Cunningham getting the save. Jourdain suffered the loss for Lyndon, allowing two earned runs and three hits over 5+ innings while striking out seven.
Game 2 - Anna Maria 6, NVU-Lyndon 4
The Hornets wasted no time getting on the board in the nightcap. Thornton led off with a walk and Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) was hit by a pitch. Johnson then delivered a single to right, scoring Thornton and giving Lyndon the lead.
Anna Maria got the run back in the bottom of the first when Jackson Dobek singled with one out, then came all the way around to score on a throwing error.
The Hornets regained the lead when they scored two runs without a base hit in the top of the third. Thornton and Rollins walked, then Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Thornton came in to score on a wild pitch, then after Smith walked to load them again, Rollins scored on another wild pitch, giving Lyndon a 3-1 lead.
Lyndon made it 4-1 in the top of the fourth when they scored another run without picking up a base hit. Tyler Roberge (Essex, VT) drew a two-out walk, then Thornton drew another walk and Rollins reached on an error. Roberge then came in to score when Thornton got caught in a rundown.
Anna Maria cut the Hornet lead to 4-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Drobek singled with one out and Holland drove him in with a double to right center. Genatossio was hit by a pitch and Shell singled to load the bases. Fili then drew a walk off of Hornet starter James Mundy (Brentwood, NH) to score Holland.
In the Anna Maria sixth, pinch hitter Jake Montas doubled with one out, putting the tying run on. After Dobek grounded out back to the box, Holland singled, Genatossio tripled, and Drosidis doubled, each driving in one run and putting the AMCATS in front, 6-4.
Lyndon got the tying runs on base with two outs in the top of the seventh when Doris walked and Laroche singled. They were unable to push the runs across, however, as April grounded out to end the game.
Andrew Rodriques pitched the final three innings to earn the win for Anna Maria. He and starter Jack Marzec combined to strike out 11 Hornets while allowing only four hits. Mundy had no decision, allowing two earned runs and seven hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Rollins took the loss in relief.
The Hornets conclude play at the RussMatt Invitational on Sunday morning when they play a doubleheader against St. Joseph College of Maine. First pitch will be at 9:00 am.