New London, CT - Mitchell College pounded out 32 hits and swept a pair of games against the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon softball game on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners took the opener 18-3 and the nightcap 12-4. Mitchell improves to 5-4 on the season while the Hornets remain winless in six starts.
Game 1 - Mitchell 18, NVU-Lyndon 3
Mitchell put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Mariners added seven more runs in the second inning highlighted by a three-run homer by Laurissa Amaker that cleared the left-center field fence. Suzanne Vachon capped the frame with a two-run double to make it 11-0.
Lyndon got a run back in the third on a double by Cecilia Chamul (Concord, VT)—one of her three hits in the game—that scored Gracie Ducker (Lyndonville, VT). However, Mitchell padded the lead with a seven-run fourth inning in which both Vachon and Kaitlin Thibodeau-Corey supplied two-run doubles.
The Hornets played two in the top of the fifth inning to complete the scoring. Three stratigh singles from Chamul, Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME), and Emma Moore (Hillsborough, NH) produced one run and a second scored on Raeven Beaudry's (Sheldon, VT) ground out.
Vachon, who finished with three doubles in the game, also picked up the win in the circle. She yielded three runs (two earned) on eight hits and struck out three over 5.0 innings, improving to 3-1 on the year. Lyndon starter Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) took the loss and dropped to 0-4 on the season.
Game 2 - Mitchell 12, NVU-Lyndon 4
Thibodeau-Corey and Madison Nicynski each drove in runs in the first inning to once again give the Mariners an early lead. After the Hornets cut the deficit in half on an RBI single by DeGroot in the third, Mitchell responded with a two-run blast by Nicynski in the bottom of the frame to go up 4-1.
Mitchell bumped the lead to 8-1 in the fourth. Sydney Oatway plated the first run with a single to left, and Nicynski followed with an infield single to score another. After a wild pitch brought in the third run of the inning, Alex Lopez singled down the left-field line to knock in the final run of the rally.
Lyndon picked up three runs in the fifth to once again cut into Mitchell's margin. DeGroot and Cassandra Black (Tolland, CT) both drove in runs as the Hornets pulled within four at 8-4.
Mitchell pushed across four runs in the sixth inning. A two-run single by Nene Capeles plated the final two runs and ended the game.
Mitchell starter Taylor Duchesneau improved to 2-3 with the win, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits while fanning eight over 6.0 innings. Ducker (0-1 overall) took the loss for the Hornets and struck out four over 4.0 innings of work.
The Hornets' scheduled Sunday doubleheader at Elms College has been postponed due to poor field conditions. Lyndon will take the field next Saturday for a twilbill at Rivier University.