Northfield, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon softball team opened North Atlantic Conference play on Sunday evening, hosting NVU-Johnson in a doubleheader played at Norwich University's Sabine Field. Unfortunatley for the Hornets, they came up short in both games, dropping the opener, 11-7, and the nightcap, 12-2. The Badgers improved to 3-11 on the season and 2-0 in NAC play, while the Hornets remain winless in ten games to date.
Game 1 - NVU-Johnson 11, NVU-Lyndon 7
The Badgers pounded out 15 hits and withstood a Lyndon rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kimbelly Reville had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored a pair to pace Johnson at the plate. Nicole Mooney had a pair of hits and scored three runs and Savannah Dufresne and Emily Marshall each had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs. Megan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) led the Hornets with two hits, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Cecilia Chamul (Concord, VT) had a hit and scored twice while Raeven Beaudry (Sheldon, VT) drove in a pair.
In the circle, Marshall went the distance to pick up the win for Johnson. She allowed four earned runs on five hits while striking out eight. Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) also went the distance for the Hornets. She took the loss and allowed nine earned runs with six strikeouts.
Game 2 - NVU-Johnson 12, NVU-Lyndon 2
A seven run fourth inning, after there were two outs, keyed the Badgers' game two win. Johnson only produced five hits against Hornet pitcher Emma Moore (Hillsborough, NH), but they were able to take advantage of four Lyndon errors and five walks to produce 12 runs. Marshall was the hitting star, driving in three runs on a pair of hits while scoring three times. Mary Richardson also drove in three runs and Mooney added two RBIs.
The Hornets weren't able to muster much offense against Marshall, who pitched another complete game. Chamul had a single and a double and Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) was the only other Hornet batter to hit safely.
Marshall struck out three and allowed only a single earned run in picking up her second victory of the night. Moore allowed five earned runs and five hits in taking the loss.
The Hornets will travel to Anna Maria College on Thursday for a 2:00 pm non-conference doubleheader that was originally scheduled for March 31st. Lyndon will return to NAC play with a NAC doubleheader at SUNY Canton next Saturday.