Mioddlebury, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team took to the road today, traveling to Middlebury College for a non-conference game. The Hornets jumped in front early but were unable to slow down the host Panther bats and fell 12-2. With the win, Middlebury improves to 14-6 on the season, while Lyndon falls to 7-16 with the loss.
Lyndon jumped in front in the top of the first inning. With one out, Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) was hit by a pitch and Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) walked. Laroche advanced to third on Jason Doris' (Lincoln, RI) fly out. Tucker Root's (Middlefield, CT) then reached on an error, allowing Laroche to score the game's first run.
Middlebury took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Hanrahan led off with a single off of Hornet starter Cameron Flinn (Barre, VT). Alec Ritch then reached on a bunt single, and Andrew Gough delivered a two-run double to left center to give the Panthers the lead.
The Hornets evened things at 2-2 in the top of the third inning. Laroche got aboard with a single to right center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Doris singled to left center to score Laroche.
Middlebury regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Justin Han led off with a single and stole second. Sam Graf then singled down the left field line to score Han. Walks to Kevin Woodring and Ritch loaded the bases, then Gough drove in two runs with a single to left, giving Middlebury a 5-2 lead through three.
Middlebury added two runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh to salt away the win. Han had a big day at the plate for the Panthers with three hits and two runs scored. Gough also had three hits and drove in five runs. Hanrahan had a pair of singles.
The Hornets struggled to generate much offense against Middlebury pitching. Lyndon only mustered five hits on the afternoon, with Johnson's fifth inning double the only extra base hit. Sam Grace, the second of four Middlebury pitchers, picked up the win as Panther pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts. Flinn went four innings in absorbing the loss.
The Hornets will get back into North Atlantic Conference play this weekend. They host the University of Maine at Farmington for a four game series tomorrow and Saturday. All four games will be played at Harvey Woods Field in Nashua, NH. Friday's doubleheader will begin at noon, with Saturday's twinbill set for a 1:00 pm start.