Bangor, ME - Thomas College took over first place in the North Atlantic Conference baseball race with a doubleheader sweep of Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Saturday evening. The Hornets saw their 11 game winning streak come to an end, as their overall record dips to 18-19 and their conference mark falls to 9-5. The Terriers improve to 12-20, and a NAC best 10-4.
Game 1 - Thomas 9, NVU-Lyndon 3
The Hornets jumped in front in the top of the second inning when TJ Santaw (Newport, VT) reached with a two-out single and Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) followed with a double down the right field line to score Santaw.
Thomas took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Hornet starter Matt Page (Groton, VT) hit Connor Rittenhouse and Dominic Esposito to start the inning. Bradley Smith then reached on an error, allowing Rittenhouse to score and tie the game. Alexander Miller then singled home Esposito and Tyler Gee singled to load the bases. Back to back sacrifice flies from Ryan Kappelmann and Nick Bagley made the score 4-1 Thomas.
The Hornets made it a one run game in the top of the fifth inning. Rollins walked and Codi Smith (Hrtford, VT) singled to start the inning. Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT) bunted the runners over, then Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) doubled down the left field line scoring both runners and cutting the Terrier lead to 4-3.
Thomas would repsond with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth, keyed by Kapplemann's two-run single. The Terriers added an insurance run in the sixth and reliever Ryan Jurgiewich held Lyndon without a hit over the final four innings to put the game away.
Thomas starter Jacob Lacroixwent five innings, alllowing two runs, to pick up the win. Page went four innings and took the loss for the Hornets.
Game 2 - Thomas 14, NVU-Lyndon 4
The nightcap started out as a pitcher's duel between the Hornets' John Boulay (Dighton, MA) and the Terriers' Dean Jackman, as both pitchers put up zeros on the scoreboard through four innings.
That changed in the top of the fifth inning. Doris reached on an error, then Caleb Laroche (Franklin, VT) reached on an infield hit. Tucker Root (Middlefield, CT) walked to load the bases. Doris then scored the game's first run when Ryder Thornton (Essex, VT) reached on a fielder's choice. Laroche came home on a wild pitch to make it 2-0, Lyndon.
Thomas answered in a big way with nine runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kapplemann's bases loaded single drove in two runs to tie the game. After Bagley reached on a bunt single to load the bases, Matt Tritto (Derry, NH) relieved Boulay. Darren Kelly was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run and gining Thomas the lead. John Villanueva singled home a run, then Rittenhouse reached on an error, allowing another run to score. Back to back base hits by Smith and Miller brought in two more runs and chased Tritto. Cooper Whitehouse (South Berwick, ME) relieved Tritto, and Thoams was able to push across two more runs before the Hornets got out of the inning.
The Terriers added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to move their lead to 14-2. Lyndon managed to get two runs back in the top of the seventh inning, but it was far too little.
Quinton Stebbins picked up the win in relief for Thomas, while Boulay was tagged with the loss.
The Hornets and Terriers will complete the four game series with another doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch at Thomas is scheduled for noon.