Bangor, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team completed its four game series at Husson University on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader against the host Eagles. The Hornets won game one, 8-5, but Husson rebounded with a 4-2 win in game two.
Game 1 - NVU-Lyndon 8, Husson 5
The Hornets wasted no time getting things going in the opener. Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) led off with a walk against Husson starter Cam Graham. Rollins moved to second on a wild pitch, then advanced to third on Zak Johnson's (East Hampton, CT) ground out. With two outs, Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) reahed on an error, allowing Rollins to score. Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) followed with a single to right, and when Husson misplayed a ball Doris came home to score. Laroche promptly stole second, and scored on Ryder Thornton's (Essex, VT) base hit, giving Lyndon a 3-0 lead after one half inning.
Husson got one run back in the bottom of the first. Conor Maguire led off with a double off of Lyndon starter Tyler Davis (Barre, VT). Maguire moved to second on Kobe Rogerson's sacrifice bunt, and scored when David LeBlanc lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
Sam Ognenoff (Brattleboro, VT) got the Hornets going in the top of the second when he laced a one out double to center. After Rollins reached on catcher's interference, Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) tripled to deep right center, scoring Ognenoff and Rollins. Smith then scored on Johnson's ground out. Doris then singled to center. Back to back walks to Laroche and Thornton loaded the bases and chased Graham. Chris April (Rollinsford, NH) greeted Husson reliever Dustin Smith with a two-run single back up the middle, making the score 8-1, Hornets.
Davis settled in and kept Husson off the scoreboard over the next five innings. He was helped out by a big defensive play in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Hornet right fielder Thornton threw out Husson's Allex Chapman trying to go from first to third on Ethan Diagneault's base hit. Meanwhile, Husson relievers Smith and Jack Corey kept the Hornets at bay after their early offensive outbursts.
Husson mounted a rally in their final at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cameron Flinn (Barre, VT) came out of the Hornet bullpen to relieve Davis at the start of the inning. Nolan Brown led off the inning and reached on an error. After Flinn got Nick Guerrette to fly out, Maguire singled to move Brown to third. Rogerson doubled to drive in Brown, then LeBlanc singled back up the middle, scoring Maguire and Rogerson. Flinn struck out Luke Covey swinging, but Ethan Stoddard singled to score LeBlanc. Matt Tritto (Derry, NH) relieved Flinn and yielded a single to Chapman, bringing the tying run to the plate. Tritto was able to strike out Husson pinch hitter Ryan Hoogterp to end the threat and the game.
Davis picked up the win, yielding one run on three hits, stirking out five over six innings. Graham took the loss for Husson.
Game 2 - Husson 4, NVU-Lyndon 2
The Hornets again jumped out to the early lead, as back to back doubles from Smith and Johnson in the top of the first inning got Lyndon on the scoreboard. Husson answered in the bottom of the opening inning when Maguire led off with a single to left off of Hornet starter Matt Page (Groton, VT), stole second, and scored on Luke Covey's two-out base hit.
Husson took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Chapman singled, stole second, and scored on Brown's single. The Eagles added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to build their lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Stoddard led off with a double and later scored when Brown grounded out. Then in the fifth, base hits from Rogerson and LeBlanc generated another run.
The Hornets had trouble getting much going against Husson starter Brandon Brunell through most of the middle innings. In the top of the sixth, Johnson drilled a one out double to right center. Doris followed with an RBI single to score Johnson, cut the deficit to 4-2, and chase Brunell. Jacob Gauvin relieved Brunell and was able to get Laroche to ground into a double play, ending the Hornet threat.
The Hornets had one more opportunity in the top of the seventh inning. After Gauvin retired the first two batters, Noah Barton (South Burlington, VT) kept Lyndon's hopes alive with a base hit to center. Pinch hitter Edgar Koval (Essex, VT) followed with another single, putting the tying runs on base. However Gauvin got Rollins to pop up to end the game.
Brunell earned the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs with four stirkeouts. Page took the loss, yielding three runs and seven hits over four innings. John Boulay (Dighton, MA) pitched the final two frames for the Hornets, allowing a run on three hits.
The Hornets will travel to Middlebury College for a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4:00 pm.