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Hornets take two from Lesley

Hornets take two from Lesley

Northboro, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team swept Lesley University in a doubleheader at the New England Baseball Complex on Tuesday afternoon.  In game one the Hornets' Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) outdueled Lesley's Jonathan Truscott in pitching Lyndon to a 1-0 victory.  In the nightcap Sam Ognenoff (Brattleboro, VT) went the distance in his first start of the season as the Hornets prevailed 5-2.  With the sweep Lyndon improves to 5-13 on the season while Lesley falls to 2-11.

Game 1 - NVU-Lyndon 1, Lesley 0

Jourdain and Truscott were in command through much of the game.  Lyndon scratched across a run in the top of the third inning when Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) singled to right with one out and advanced to second when the ball was misplayed.  After Truscott got Sam Ognenoff (Brattleboro, VT) looking, Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) drew a walk, then Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) singled home Rollins for what turned out to be the only run of the game.

Lesley threatened to tie things in the bottom of the third when Nicholas Ferragine led off with a walk and moved to third when Javi Martinez reached on a two-out error.  Jourdain closed the door, however, when he got Ryan Pumphret to fly out to Smith in center.  After that neither team was able to move a runner past second base until the bottom o the seventh inning.

Still trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the last inning, Lesely mounted one final threat.  After Jourdain retired the first two batters, Matt Bavaro was hit by a pitch, putting the tying run on base.  Gabriel Coyne-Martinez was inserted as a pinch runner for Bavaro.  Ferragine followed with a single but when Coyne-Martinez tried to come all the way around, Johnson gunned him down at the plate, ending the game and giving Lyndon the win.

Jourdain only allowed three hits over seven shutout innings and earned the win.  He struck out four while walking two.  Truscott took the loss, allowing a single run and five hits while striking out six and walking three.

Game 2 - NVU-Lyndon 5, Lesley 2

Lesley struck first in the nightcap when Martinez launched a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.

The lead was short lived, as the Hornets struck for three runs in the top of the second.  Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) started things off with a one-out walk.  Chris April (Rollinsford, NH) followed with a single to left and Tyler Roberge (Essex, VT) reached on an error to load the bases.  TJ Santaw (Newport, VT) drew another walk to force in a run and tie the game.  Rollins folowed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring April and giving Lyndon the lead.  Johnson then drove home Roberge to make it 3-1 Hornets.

The Hornets added another run in the top of the third.  Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) led off with a base hit to left and eventually scored on Roberge's base hit.  The Hornets threatened again in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs.  Lynx starter Colin Reed was able to get Santaw to ground out and end the inning.

Pumphret lifted a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to pull Lesley to within 4-2.  Lyndon was able to get the run back in the top of the seventh when Doris led off with a double.  Doris later came in to score when Thornton grounded into a double play.  Lesley attemptd to stage a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh.  Leo DiGuilio singled with two outs. Coyne-Martinez pinch ran for DiGuillio and promptly stole second, then Ferragine walked to bring the tying run to the plate.  Will Rhone tapped back to the box and Ognenoff made the play to end the game.

Ognenoff yielded six hits and struck out seven against three walks to pick up the win.  Reed took the loss, going six innings and allowing two earned runs and eight hits.

The Hornets are off until the weekend of April 6th and 7th, when they open North Atlantic Conference play by traveling to Husson University for a four-game weekend series.