New London, NH - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team took to the road on Thursday afternoon and came away with a 6-5 win at Colby-Sawyer College. The win was Lyndon's 11th straight, and raises their overall record to 18-17. The Chargers fall to 6-25 on the season.
The Hornets jumped in front in the top of the first inning. Codi Smith (Hartford, VT) started things with a one-out single to center. Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) followed with a walk, then Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) reached on an error to load the bases. Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) drew another walk to force in a run and give the Hornets the lead.
The Hornets took advantage of two more Charger errors to score four unearned runs in the second inning. Tyler Roberge (Essex, VT) reached on an error to lead off the inning. TJ Santaw (Newport, VT) then got on with a bunt single, and Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) singled to load the bases. After the next two batters struck out, Doris walked to force in a run. Laroche reached on another error, scoring Santaw, then Doris and Rollins came around as the result of an errant pickoff attempt, making the score 5-0, Hornets.
Johnson started on the mound for Lyndon and retired the first seven batters that he faced. With one out in the bottom of the third, the Chargers' Ryan Cummiskey singled, the first base runner off of Johnson. Austin Butler followed with a bunt single, then both runners moved up on a failed pickoff attempt. Brendan Barrett then beat out an infield hit, allowing Cummiskey to score and getting Colby-Sawyer on the board.
The Hornets added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Santaw reached on an error leading off, then Rollins followed with a base hit through the left isde of the infield. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, then Johnson helped his own cause by lofting a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Santaw.
Rollins relieved Johnson in the bottom of the sixth inning and was greated with a base hit by Charlie Danaher. Alec Burns then reached on an error and Derek Griffin walked to load the bases. Ben Lewis laced a two-run double down the left field line, scoring two runs. Cummiskey then reached on an error, allowing two more to score and cutting the Hornet lead to 6-5 through six.
Pitching ruled the day over the final three innings, as neither team was able to break through again. John Boulay (Dighton, MA) came on in the ninth for the Hornets and retired the Chargers in order to earn the save. Johnson picked up the win, while Colby-Sawyer starter AJ Cavossa took the loss.
The Hornets travel to Thomas College for a pivotal four game series this weekend. Lyndon currently holds a one-game lead over both Thomas and Husson University in North Atlantic Conference standings. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 pm, while Sunday's twinbill is set for noon.