LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - Lyndon State College jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play and coasted to an 11-4 victory over Plymouth State University in the opening game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Skip Pound Field.
The Panthers returned the favor in the nightcap, scoring four first-inning runs en route to a 6-2 win and a split of the twin bill. PSU completed the day with a 13-18 overall record, while LSC is now 5-23-1.
Freshman Stetson Hicks (Whitefield, N.H.) and junior Josh Fletcher (Richford, N.H.) collected three hits and three runs-batted-in each to lead the Hornets to their fifth victory of the season in the opener.
Freshmen Zach Maerder (Woodsville, N.H.), Shawn Lonardelli (Lebanon, Conn.) and Michael Johnson (Lyndonville, Vt.) chipped in two hits each in support of winning pitcher Jesse Ballard (Albrgh, Vt.). He went five innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out none and walking four. Freshman Sam Matthews (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) mopped up for Lyndon, pitching two scoreless innings.
Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) and sophomore Dan Eagan (Norwich, Conn.) had two hits each for Plymouth State and senior Chris Welch (South Burlington, Vt.) took the loss in his first start of the season.
Sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) and freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) had three hits each for PSU in the nightcap; Lausberg had three doubles and drove in two, and junior Garrett Brewer (Rutland, Vt.) knocked in a pair of runs as well to give PSU a split of the doubleheader. Sophomore Mike Moody (Manchester, N.H./Central) tossed four strong innings to get the win in his first start of the season, giving up only two earned runs on three hits and four walks while fanning seven.
Hicks drove in both runs for LSC with a first-inning single, but the Hornets managed only four hits the rest of the game.
PSU returns home to host Rivier College in a make-up game on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) LSC hosts Plattsburgh State (N.Y.) in non-conference action Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Lyndon State Sports Information)
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