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Hornets pitch back to back shutouts in doubleheader sweep of Norwich

Hornets pitch back to back shutouts in doubleheader sweep of Norwich

Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team got a pair of stellar pitching perormances in sweeping Monday's non-conference doubleheader against Norwich University.  The Hornets prevailed 4-0 in the opener and 1-0 in the nightcap to improve to 13-17 on the season.  The Cadets fall to 5-20

Game 1 - NVU-Lyndon 4, Norwich 0

Right hander Cameron Flinn (Barre, VT) was in command from the onset in his first start of the season.  Norwich leadoff batter Kevin Lynch led off the game with a base hit and reached third on a stolen base and a wild pitch, but he would turn out to be the only baserunner to get that far the entire game.  Flinn allowed only four singles over six innings.  He struck out seven Cadets and did not walk a batter before giving way to Jake Jourdain (Beket, MA), who came on to close things out with a hitless seventh.

Norwich starter Jon Grasso nearly matched Flinn, as he kept the Hornets off the scoreboard for five innings.  In the bottom of the sixth, Lyndon's Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) gon on base with a one out single.  Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) then drew a walk and Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) reached on a fielder's choice when everyone was safe to load the bases.  Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) then came through with the biggest hit of the game, a two-run double that scored Smith and Johnson and gave the Hornets the lead.  Doris scored when Tucker Root (Middlefield, CT) reached on an error.  Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) then drove in Laroche to make it 4-0, Lyndon.

Game 2 - NVU-Lyndon 1, Norwich 0

Pitching was again the story in game two, as Lyndon's TJ Santaw (Newport, VT) and Norwich's Nick Landis locked in a pitchers' duel.  The Hornets would score what would prove to be the only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning.  Laroche led off wiht a walk, then Root doubled to left center.  After Thornton reached on an infield hit to load the bases, Laroche scored when Noah Barton (South Burlington, VT) grounded into a double play.

Santaw piotched out of trouble in the top of the fifth, when Norwich loaded the bases with two out.  He was relieved by John Boulay (Dighton, MA) to start the sixth inning.  Santaw picked up the win by only allowing three hits with one strikeout and one walk in five innings.  Boulay picked up his third save of the season by throwing two scoreless innings of relief.  Landis took the loss, going 5.2 innings and allowing only the second inning run on four hits.

The Hornets will get back into North Atlantic Conference play when they host the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a four game series over the next two days.  First pitch is 1:00 pm Tuesday and noon Wednesday at the Skip Pound Baseball Complex.