CLERMONT, Fla. – The Lyndon State College softball team opened up the 2016 season with a tough 17-1 loss to St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Clermont, Florida on a rainy Wednesday morning.
The Cardinals jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning to take the lead. Sophomore Corrina Cota (Barton, Vt.) registered the only hit of the game for the Hornets in the second inning with a well-timed bunt.
The Cardinals proceeded to score four runs in the third inning and 11 runs in the fourth inning.
Lyndon produced their lone run in the third inning as Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) drew a full count walk. DeWitt would record a stolen base before scoring on a wild pitch.
Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) pitched three innings for the Hornets surrendering six hits, six runs (one earned), and striking out two. Brandi Surridge (East Burke, Vt.) pitched the fourth inning giving up four hits and 11 runs (four earned). The Hornet defense recorded eight errors in the wet conditions.
Ashley Betzold earned the win on the mound for the Cardinals giving up one hit, one run, and striking out seven.
Lyndon continues play in Florida tomorrow against Augustana (9:00 a.m.) and Houghton (11:00 a.m.).
Concordia-Moorhead 6 – Lyndon State College 0
In the second game of opening day for the Lyndon softball team, the Hornets improved their defense but still fell 6-0 to Concordia-Moorhead.
Lily Stinehour (Lunenberg, Vt.) recorded Lyndon's lone hit in just the second at-bat of the game.
The Hornets held the Highlanders scoreless in the first two innings before the Highlanders broke out with a 6-hit, 5-run third inning.
Mackenzie McCloud led the Highlanders going 2-for-3 on the day while batting in two runs and scoring once.
After recording eight errors in the first game of the day, the Hornets rebounded by only registering one error against Concordia.
Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) recorded the loss in 2 2/3 innings on the mound, giving up five hits and four earned runs. Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) put in 3 1/3 innings of relief work, surrendering five hits and two earned runs.
Abigail Haraldson picked up the win for the Highlanders in six innings of work, giving up one hit and striking out 11. Kali Covert pitched one inning in relief.