Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team extended its current winning streak to ten games with Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Hornets came from behind to take the opener, 6-5, in extra innings, and jumped in front early in the nightcap, cruising to a 10-1 win. The Hornets have reached the .500 mark at 17-17 on the season. Lyndon also takes over first place in the North Atlantic Conference, running their conference record to 9-3, one game better than Husson University and Thomas College. UMaine-Presque Isle falls to 1-28 overall and 0-12 in the NAC.
Game 1 - NVU-Lyndon 6, UMaine-Presque Isle 5 (8 innings)
Codi Smith's (Hartford, VT) two-out base hit scored Noah Barton (South Burlington, VT) with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Barton had reached on a base hit and moved th third on a double from Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME).
The Owls led 2-0 following Ryan Sanderson's solo home run in the top of the third inning. Lyndon then took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third, with the big blo being a two run double from Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI). UMPI regained the lead with three runs on four singles in the top of the fourth.
Lyndon got to within 5-4 on a Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Hornets then pulled even when they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) then came home on a successful squeeze bunt from Rollins. Sanderson, who had relieved Owl starter William Stinson earlier in the inning, was able to get the next two Hornets to pop out to keep the game tied.
Both teams went quietly in the seventh inning. Lefty John Boulay (Dighton, MA) then came out of the Hornet bullpen to retire UMPI in order in the top of the eighth inning, setting the stage for Smith's walk-off hit.
Doris had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs and Barton went three for foru at the plate. Thornton also had a single and a double. Hornet starter James Mundy (Brentwood, NH) struck out eight and only allowed two earned runs through seven innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Sanderson took the loss for the Owls. He was also UMPI's hitting star, going three for three with a walk and two runs batted in. Brad Patterson also had a pair of base hits for the Owls.
Game 2 - NVU-Lyndon 10, UMaine-Presque Isle 1
Lyndon starter Jake Jourdain (Becket, MA) was dominant in the nightcap. He went six innings, striking out 13 batters. Jourdain pitched out of trouble in the top of the first inning when Stionson was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Sanderson's double. Patterson's third inning home run was the only other hit off of Jourdain. Brody Haas (Groveton, NH) came on to pitch a one-two-three seventh.
The Hornets put five runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning and were never threatened after that. Thornton had a big game at the plate, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. He also drove in three runs. Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) walked three times and scored three runs. Laroche had a pair of base hits, scoring twice and driving in two.
The Hornets honored their eight seniors between games of the doubleheader. Wednesday marked the final regular season home appearance for Boulay, Doris, Johnson, Jourdain, Mundy, Rollins, Tyler Davis (Barre, VT), and Matt Tritto (Derry, NH).
The Hornets will travel to Colby-Sawyer College for a non-conference game on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 pm.